Germany finds inspiration in Danish hospital reform and eHealth solutions

June 28, 2018
VUD Studienreise 2018 Photo by Healthcare DENMARK
On June 25-27, 2018, a delegation of directors from all over Germany visited Copenhagen, Odense, and Aarhus, Denmark, to explore Danish healthcare innovation.

On June 25, the visit started at the venue of the Danish Ministry of Health, where the delegates received a thorough introduction to the Danish healthcare system, new hospital construction projects, and the underlying political machinery. Before going to Odense, the delegates learned about the national Quality-program, which is established in collaboration between Danish Regions and Local Government Denmark and consists of 8 national goals for the healthcare system, the creation of learning and quality-teams in selected areas, and a national management programme. In Odense, the delegation heard about organization and management at Odense University Hospital, which is the largest hospital in the Region of Southern Denmark. The delegation also heard about the construction plans, vision, and digitalization strategy of the New University Hospital in Odense (OUH), which aims to connect research and practice and benefit from its location next to the University of Southern Denmark. It was therefore natural that the delegation also learned about CIMT Odense (Centre for Innovative Medical Technology), which is the largest research institute within the field of Telehealth and eHealth.

On June 26, before going to Aarhus, the delegation heard a presentation about the redesigning of the new emergency department and specialized same-day surgery at OUH. In Aarhus, the delegation visited the new Aarhus University Hospital, which is the biggest hospital construction in Danish history. Here, the delegates received a guided tour, among other things, where they could explore the architecture at close hand. Furthermore, they heard a presentation on Change Management and how to succeed in implementing new processes as well as the role of logistics and IT in the new hospital.

Finally, on the last day of the visit, the delegation went back to Copenhagen to visit Rigshospitalet. Here, they heard about The Clinic of Haematology’s patient-centered concept for high-intensity home treatment of leukemia patients without the presence of healthcare personnel. In the last presentation of the visit, the delegates heard about automated tracking of sterile equipment and how this contributes to a more efficient and resourceful hospital. 

The visit was organized and hosted by Healthcare DENMARK. For more information about this visit, please contact Consultant Nadja Kronenberger.

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.

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