How has Denmark become one of the leading countries when it comes to electronic exchange of healthcare related data?

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MedCom at WHINN-Exhibition

The rest of the world is very interested in learning how Denmark has become one of the leading counties when it comes to electronic exchange of data within healthcare. 

MedCom participated with a booth at the WHINN-Exhibition (Week of Health and Innovation) on October 21st and 22nd 2015, in Odense Congress Center, to talk about the possibilities for electronic exchange of data within Danish healthcare.

Various international partners visited our booth, and most of the visitors wanted to know how Denmark has become one of the leading countries when it comes to electronic exchange of healthcare related data.

Many wanted to know, how we in Denmark over the last 20 years has gone from paper records and paper-based communication, to full implementation of electronic health records and to electronic exchange of data between the primary and secondary sector within Danish healthcare. In this context, MedCom were also asked about their role in ensuring testing and certification of IT systems and national dissemination in all sectors.

The General Practitioner Clinics all use IT for data and message exchange
The theme on the MedCom booth also focused on the GPs. Deputy Manager Ib Johansen from MedCom explains:

MedCom at WHINN-Exhibition

MedCom at WHINN-Exhibition

  • Through consensus between healthcare professional partners, MedCom has assisted in replacing paper-based document exchange with electronic exchange of data between IT systems, consequently today all GP Clinics are using IT for exchanging data and messages. By using national standards for exchanging data, MedCom ensures that GPs can choose among the different MedCom-approved It-systems for GPs that are available on the market, since MedCom has tested and certified the systems.

Visiting a Danish GP
To show how a general practitioner works and uses IT to support his daily practice, MedCom had arranged a visit to a GP. A small international group got the opportunity to see a live demonstration of the patient handling program, which the GP uses for registering and managing his patients.

The Lab-program WebReq for laboratory requisitions, the Anti-coagulation program AK-cure and the Shared Medication Card was also demonstrated.

The feedback form the visit was very positive as the international group was given the opportunity to ask questions and get an insight into how a general practitioner uses IT in his everyday life in Denmark.

By: MedCom