Denmark Puts Patients Ahead in Telemedicine

Denmark’s hospitals keep closing, but its residents don’t stop getting sick. That’s where telemedicine can play a role in maintaining efficient and effective healthcare delivery.

Odense University Hospital is working to build a videoconferencing network on Denmark’s existing healthcare IT infrastructure, which includes fully integrated EHR, ePrescribing, RIS and PACS, all on secure Internet protocols.

The aim of the project is to respond to closing hospitals and declining resources while offering an alternative to the traditional hospital visitation model.

“You have to be in good health to be at a hospital,” said Claus Pedersen, Head of the Department for Clinical Innovation at OUH, while speaking at the eHealth Week 2011 and World of Health IT conference in Budapest. “About 10 percent [of patients] get an infection during admission.” Continue reading