France explores innovative Danish e-Health solutions

December 07, 2018

Photo by Healthcare DENMARK
On December 5-7, 2018, a delegation from Espace Social Européen, France, visited Copenhagen, Odense, and Kolding to find inspiration and experiences within the field of new hospital constructions, digital healthcare, and prevention.

On December 5, the delegation started their 3-day program by visiting the Danish Ministry of Health for an introduction to the Danish healthcare system, the new hospital construction plan, and the national action plan for the elderly medical patient. At the Ministry of Health, the delegation also met with Morten Elbæk Petersen, CEO of the national e-health portal, sundhed.dk. Morten Elbæk 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. Next, the delegates visited Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, the largest diabetes clinic in Scandinavia, to learn about diabetes care and to get an exclusive introduction to the challenges in taking public-private cooperation to a new level in order to improve future diabetes research and treatment.

The next day, December 6, the delegation went to Koege to visit Zealand University Hospital, which will be the main hospital of region Zealand in 2022, gathering all specialized treatments as well as being the center of clinical development and clinic cooperation between the five hospitals in the region. Here, the delegates were introduced to the patient strategy and objectives of the hospital. Later, the delegation visited Odense University Hospital (OUH), where they were welcomed by Director Mathilde Schmidt-Petersen, who gave a short introduction to New OUH, which will be one of the most modern and advanced hospitals in Northern Europe when completed. Next, the delegates heard a presentation about the GERI-toolbox, which is a telemedicine tool for strengthened cooperation around the weakest elderly and supports knowledge sharing across sectors. Rounding off the day and before going to Kolding, the delegates visited the medical practice “Lægerne Lærkevej”, where they were introduced to specific digital tools in the practice and heard about the collaboration between the GPs and the municipality regarding prevention.

The final day of the visit, Friday, December 7, the delegates went to Hospital Lillebaelt, where the delegates heard about hospital construction, digitalization, and the cooperation across departments and primary healthcare. The delegates also heard a presentation by Systematic about how hospital IT has digitized communication between nurses and hospital porters, providing more efficiency and linking the different hospital departments and securing a better workflow. Finally, before going back to France, the delegates visited Health Centre Kolding, which is a municipal health center with the purpose to offer citizens a coherent and accessible entrance to the municipal health services. Before going to the airport, the delegation received a guided tour of the facilities, so they could explore the facilities whilst enjoying the design, which is based on healing architecture.

The visit was organized and hosted by Healthcare DENMARK in close collaboration with the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris. For more information about this visit, please contact Deputy Director 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.