mHealth and Telemedicine – a Danish Perspective
The Danish Government sees patient empowerment as a backbone of future health care. Informed and empowered patients are more likely to deal with their own health issues leading to better and more efficient treatment and care. For this reason, the uptake of personal mobile health technology is a key priority for Danish Minister for Health, Mrs. Astrid Krag.
Denmark is among the frontrunners when it comes to uptake of mHealth and telemedicine. Based on ambitious government programs, telemedical solutions are implemented on a large scale across the health services.
In order to further harvest the benefits of telemedicine, a common it-infrastructure based on internationally set standards is being established. The goal is to enable end-to-end delivery of health data between patients and health professionals and to allow companies to conduct large scaling testing of new products aimed at international markets – making patient safety and improved quality of life go hand in hand with better level of treatment and attractive opportunities for companies and researchers.