Poland explores Danish Structural Reform and eHealth solutions

December 06, 2018
On December 4-5, 2018, a high-level Polish delegation from the national health fund visited Copenhagen, Denmark, to learn more about the Danish Structural Reform and the Danish Digitalization Strategy 2018-2022.

The Polish National Health Fund delegation visited Denmark to follow up on their previous visit in June and among other things to gain a deeper insight into the Danish Structural Reform and The Danish Digitalization Strategy 2018-2022.

On December 4, Hans Erik Henriksen, CEO of Healthcare DENMARK, introduced the delegates to Danish hospitals after the Danish Structural Reform, where the delegates heard about the Danish Quality Model and Danish Hospital Digitization. Next, the delegates heard a presentation about the Danish structure reform, which included a structure of larger regions to be in charge of healthcare services and a reduction in the number of municipalities from 270 to 98. On the last visit of the day, the delegates visited Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, the largest diabetes clinic in Scandinavia, to learn about the prevention of common comorbidities of diabetes and how Steno works with Patient Empowerment and home monitoring for diabetes patients.

On December 5, the delegates visited Rigshospitalet to hear about cancer treatment. Here, the delegates also heard a presentation of ‘My Chemo’, which is a new home treatment concept from Rigshospitalet that gives the patient the opportunity to register side effects from chemotherapy at home. ‘My Chemo’, which is an electronic system for proactive symptom management, provides oncology patients with the opportunity to report side effects online and in real time from home using a laptop or a smartphone. In this way, the out-patient clinic gets a full update on how the patients cope with the chemotherapy treatment before the patient shows up for the next treatment cycle.

Finally, before going back to Poland, the delegates heard a presentation of The Danish Digitalization Strategy 2018-2022, which is a national strategy for digital health that has been launched with the purpose to drive the sustainable development of the Danish healthcare system. Here, the delegates gained more insight into the main objectives of the strategy.

The new strategy focuses on digitization and use of health data in the context of prevention, care, and direct treatment. In this way, health data is used for primary purposes. However, the information that is recorded and collected during daily workflows is also essential for secondary purposes, e.g. quality development, management, and research, etc. within the field of healthcare. At the same time, a close collaboration across regions, municipalities and general practice will ensure visibility of activity and quality across the entire healthcare sector.

The strategy includes 27 initiatives that address five main areas: Engaging citizens as active partners, ensuring timely knowledge exchange, more Population Health and Prevention, high data security and trust, and implementing a flexible digital healthcare infrastructure. You can read the new strategy here.

The delegation visit was organized and hosted by Healthcare DENMARK. 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.

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