French-Danish knowledge sharing on future healthcare systems in the light of COVID-19

On November 3, 2020, the Danish Embassy in Paris, Resah – Réseau des Acheteurs Hospitaliers, and Healthcare DENMARK hosted a webinar on healthcare systems of the future in the light of COVID-19. The webinar focused on exchanging French and Danish experiences in dealing with the pandemic, including emphasizing the acceleration of digital solutions driven by increased innovation and testing as markers for the crisis.

The whole world is facing an unprecedented crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, and today the number of people infected with the virus continues to grow in both Denmark and France. The two countries share the same challenge of keeping COVID-19 under control and ensuring sufficient care capacity to take care of the patients who need it.

During this webinar, experts shared experiences from the past months - across France and Denmark - on the management of the pandemic and how it will influence the healthcare systems in the future.

Among the speakers were Mrs. Véronique Anatole-Touzet, Director of the University Hospital in Rennes (CHU) and Healthcare DENMARK Ambassador in France. She introduced the French experiences in management of COVID-19 patients and how the pandemic will influence the future.

Mr. Michael Dall, Director of Odense University Hospital in the Region of Southern Denmark, presented how the University Hospital in Odense has adapted to COVID-19 and how the hospital will prepare for the future.

In addition, Danish companies gave presentations on how this pandemic has served as a catalyst for innovation with concrete examples of solutions in the following areas: Improving hygiene in hospital and care facilities, Creation of agile organizations & efficiency gains by optimization of processes, and Optimization of COVID-19 testing. The companies included UVD Robots, SaniNudge, Systematic, Lifeline Robotics, and Pentabase.

The webinar was attended by French hospital directors, and directors and managers within the field of hospital logistics and procurement.