Next stop: Denmark

After visiting Norway and learning more about clinical information modelling, representatives of the University Hospital Heidelberg and the Hannover Medical School moved on to Odense (Denmark) in order to continue the HiGHmed fact finding mission. At the Center for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT) they met innovation consultants Emilie Nielsen and her colleague Henrik Gaunsbæk. The CIMT is a center of the Odense University Hospital (OUH) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) whose focus is on research and innovation in healthcare, e.g. in the context of telemedicine or integrated care. Discussions focused on the implementation of an integrated care platform and the management and organization of communication and integration processes between different stakeholders and users (patients, GPs, pharmacies, …).

Another interesting presentation on sharing health data between IT systems was given by Lars Hulbæk (CEO of MedCom). MedCom supports the communication between different parts of the Danish healthcare sectors by implementing a variety of standards. The majority of the Danish healthcare participants nowadays can share data in a standardized way, e.g. by using a national platform which provides all relevant information on patients' history. In this connection, the group had interesting discussions on how to reach consent on common standards as well as on how to handle changes in IT systems or processes. Finally, the chief consultant of the CIMT, Claus Duedal Pedersen joined the group and gave the participants more insights on both the lessons they have learned during the last couple of years as well as valuable feedback on the potential success factors and bottlenecks of the HiGHmed approach.

We very much enjoyed the discussions and hope to stay in touch with our colleagues from Odense!