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23 October 2015

Getting health technologies out to the public

INNOVATION

The Danish healthcare system is under pressure. The number of elderly citizens, people suffering from chronic diseases and the demand for healthcare services continues to rise. A new research centre will develop and test health technologies aimed at helping patients in their everyday lives and relieving the pressure on the healthcare system.

Approximately 1.5 million Danes currently suffer from chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, allergies and heart disorders. For a lot of these people, personal health technology can make their everyday lives easier and lower the number of ambulant treatments and cases of rehospitalisation. Therefore, the Capital Region of Denmark, Copenhagen Municipality, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark are now launching the Copenhagen Center for Health Technology (CACHET).

“The aim of the new centre is to develop and distribute the best solutions to the increasing number of citizens suffering from chronic diseases. The centre is unique because of its focus on the citizen in the development of future health technologies. The scientists are no longer locked up in an ivory tower. Supported by the municipality, the region and world-class universities we have created a framework for developing the latest technologies that can help the patients in their everyday lives. And that is the whole point: to give citizens suffering from chronic diseases some tools that can contribute to enhancing their quality of life,” says Ninna Thomsen, Mayor of Health and Care, Copenhagen Municipality.

At the centre hospitals and health professionals will collaborate with technical and health science research environments on developing and testing health technologies for the benefit of citizens suffering from chronic diseases.“It is vital that we work together to find solutions to the health-related challenges society is facing. In this connection, personal health technology carried by the individual patient will play a central role. The collaboration at the centre will ensure that researchers can easily implement an idea for a new technology into a clinical context in order to learn how well it works and how it should be further developed,” says Professor Jakob E. Bardram, who is head of the centre.

“Establishing a centre that cuts across technical and health science disciplines and enhances collaboration between universities, hospitals and Copenhagen Municipality is innovative. I also look forward to seeing relevant companies be affiliated to the centre, ensuring that the most important players in health innovation get a chance to work together to create more valuable results aimed at the citizen and the patient,” adds Dean Ulla Wewer at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

Furthermore, through close collaboration with innovation environments and the business community, the centre aims to contribute to higher growth by supporting the development of health technologies that are broadly applicable and may contribute to industrial growth in the region.

According to the chairwoman of the regional council in the Capital Region of Denmark, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (S), the Copenhagen Center for Health Technology will first and foremost benefit the many people who currently suffer from chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, allergies, heart disorders etc. But she points out that the new research centre may also benefit the region in terms of growth. “We get a side benefit, as the centre will strengthen the close interaction between region, municipalities, the business community and the research environments. Therefore, our focus on “healthy growth” through the regional growth and development strategy (ReVUS) involves ensuring that the concrete solutions developed at the centre, in addition to benefiting people suffering from chronic diseases, can be further developed and thus contribute to creating growth and jobs in the region and throughout the country,” she concludes.

Contact: 

Director for CACHET and professor Jakob E. Bardram
Mobile: +45 2555 0446