On April 11-12, 2018, a delegation of politicians and leaders from the County Council of Västerbotten, Västerbottens läns landsting, in Sweden visited Odense, Denmark. The aim of the visit was to learn from Danish examples of health innovation models and structures as well as public-private partnerships, and to explore the opportunities for establishing new partnerships and collaboration with Danish actors within the field of health innovation.
The program started out with a visit to Odense University Hospital (OUH), where the delegates met with Executive Director Peder Jest, who gave a presentation on how OUH works with innovation and research. Afterwards, the delegation was introduced to CIMT – Center for Innovative Medical Technology. This introduction included a number of cases and examples on how different research designs and methods are used to develop and study the effectiveness of e-health solutions. The visit to OUH also included a presentation and guided tour of the Shared Emergency Department. The department is Denmark’s largest emergency department and integrates the functions of emergency room, trauma, diagnostics, on-call GPs, and all hours observation wards in one department.
Part of the program was also a visit to Public Intelligence, which is an innovative environment where public authorities and private companies can co-create assisted living solutions. The delegates were introduced to the health innovation methodology of Public Intelligence and the concept of eHealth City Svendborg – the world’s first user-driven test city for healthcare services.
Rounding off the delegation program was a session at Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark on different innovative projects and cases in the Region of Southern Denmark. The delegates learned about the framework for health innovation in the region and examples of specific processes and structures of innovation and partnerships. The visit included a demonstration 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 delegation visit was organized and hosted by Healthcare DENMARK. For more information about this visit, please contact Chief Consultant Anne Smetana.
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.