Swiss delegates explore Danish e-health solutions

January 18, 2016

The Swiss delegates with Morten Elbæk Petersen, CEO of sundhed.dk, center in front.
On January 14-15, 2016, a Swiss delegation visited Denmark on a two-day study trip to explore Danish experiences and implementation of e-health solutions.

20 top-level representatives and decision-makers within the field of e-health from all over Switzerland visited Copenhagen and Odense, Denmark, on January 14-15, 2016. The aim of the visit was to find inspiration and explore the Danish experiences with e-health solutions, governance and transformation initiatives, and implementation.

On January 14, 2016, the delegates started their study trip by visiting Danish Regions in Copenhagen. Here they were introduced to the IT aspects of the Danish healthcare system including topics such as e-health and m-health. The delegation met with a representative from The Danish Health Data Authority, who gave a presentation on the Authority’s role in coordinating digitization of the healthcare system. Rounding off the visit at Danish Regions, the delegates met with 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.

In the afternoon, the delegates visited The Danish Agency for Digitisation to learn more about how Denmark has deployed e-health projects on a national level using financial agreements as a driver. As case story, the delegates were introduced to the large-scale telemedicine project, TeleCare North. The visit in Copenhagen was completed with a site visit to Frederiksberg Hospital where Chief Medical Director, Klaus Phanareth, gave a presentation on Epital – The Virtual Hospital.

On January 15, 2016, the delegates continued their study trip to Odense to spend the day in the science park, Syddanske Forskerparker. The delegates were introduced to the concept of CoLab Plug & Play, a test and demonstration lab that supports companies, public organizations, municipalities and hospitals in the process of development, testing and certification of technological healthcare products.

The visit to the science park also included knowledge exchange with and presentations by representatives from leading Danish developers of e-health solutions e.g. DELTA, MedCom - the Danish healthcare data network, OpenTeleHealth, and Next Step Citizen, a platform for telemedical solutions and products.

The visit was hosted by Healthcare DENMARK and organized in close collaboration with eHealth Suisse, the Swiss Coordination Office for eHealth.

If you are interested in visiting Denmark and seeing these or other Danish healthcare solutions 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.