A delegation from the Hungarian Ministry of Health visited Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark, on May 30-31, 2016. The aim of the visit was to find inspiration in Danish experiences with new hospital constructions and implementation of innovative e-health solutions. The delegation visit was organized and hosted by Healthcare DENMARK.
On Monday, May 30, the delegates started their study trip in Copenhagen by visiting the Danish Ministry of Health for an introduction to the organization and financing of the Danish healthcare system, as well as reorganization of the Danish hospitals.
Next, the delegates headed to the venue of the Confederation of Danish Enterprise, Børsen, to meet with Mr. Morten Elbæk Petersen, CEO of the national e-health portal, sundhed.dk. Elbæk Petersen gave a presentation on the official portal for the public Danish healthcare services, which enables patients and healthcare professionals to find health information, access personal health information, and communicate. The visit to Børsen also included a meeting with a representative from the Danish Health Data Authority who presented a governmental view on data collection and the Shared Medication Record including the concept of e-prescription as well as information security. Thereafter, a representative from MedCom – the Danish healthcare data network – introduced the organization’s work with developing, testing and disseminating electronic communication via national healthcare communication standards.
In the afternoon, the delegates met with the CEO of OpenTelehealth, Mr. Henrik Ibsen, who presented the company’s telehealth and telemedical solutions. OpenTelehealth is a universal cloud-based remote patient-monitoring platform that enables patients to measure health data at home using an app and a wide range of medical measurement devices.
In the evening, the Central Denmark Region hosted a dinner for the delegates in Aarhus.
The Central Denmark Region has also been an important partner in planning the visit of the Hungarian delegation, as they have worked for several years through a partner agreement and have established a regional office in Budapest. Several visits to Hungary by the Central Denmark Region and coordination with the office in Budapest as well as the Danish Embassy has led to this visit.
On Tuesday, May 31, the delegates visited the New University Hospital in Aarhus (DNU) where the Vice President of the Regional Council of Central Denmark Region welcomed the delegation, followed by an introduction by the Director of DNU, Mr. Gert Sørensen. The presentation included the hospital construction project and a case study of the construction model. The visit also included behind-the-scene presentations on the organization and planning process, choice of architect, the experience of the contractor, and the construction phases. Rounding off the visit to the new university hospital was a guided tour around the building site.
In the afternoon, the delegation had a site visit to the Danish architecture company, C.F. Møller, one of the architecture companies behind the New University Hospital in Aarhus. The visit included presentations on the hospital project with a special focus on the process-oriented approach ensuring a healing environment.
If you are interested in visiting Denmark and seeing these or other Danish healthcare solutions and initiatives yourself, please do not hesitate to request a visit. Healthcare DENMARK will tailor a program to your specific preferences and assist with planning local transportation and accommodation.