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    June 26, 2019

    Systematic to deliver electronic health record system for a third Danish regional authority


    Three out of five regional authorities in Denmark have now selected Systematic as supplier of electronic health record systems, and are therefore set to use the same IT solution.

    Three out of the five regional authorities in Denmark have now selected Systematic as supplier of electronic health record systems, and are therefore set to use the same IT solution.

    On 25 June 2019, the Chairperson of the Regional Council in North Denmark Region, Ulla Astman, and Systematic CEO Michael Holm inked the contract in which the software company undertook to deliver the Columna Clinical Information System to all the hospitals that the authority operates.

    This Systematic IT solution is already in full operation in the Central Denmark Region, and is also currently being implemented in the Region of Southern Denmark. Now that the North Denmark Region has also opted to use this same system, the whole of western Denmark can benefit from having chosen Systematic as a supplier:

    - We already have a very good working relationship with the North Denmark Region, as part of which several hospitals already use the Columna Clinical Information System for managing medication and for managing their logistics flow. In addition, several municipalities in northern Denmark use the Systematic Cura citizen record system in their setups for domestic care and for nursing care at home. We really appreciate that we now have the opportunity to expand our collaboration to include the full electronic health record system, explains Systematic CEO Michael Holm.

    Approximately 13,000 doctors, nurses, medical secretaries and other health care professionals in northern Denmark will in future use the Columna Clinical Information System every day at the 12 treatment sites in the region.

    North Denmark Region is pursuing a strategy with digitisation as the foundation for the health service of the future. According to the region’s IT director, Klaus Larsen, this entails a transformation of the entire health service, in which digital technologies are used to place the focus on patients and their data, and are able to share this data with all those involved in providing health care services.

    - We need a new electronic health record that is more flexible, caters for the integration of mobile solutions and more easily integrates with telemedicine solutions and other requirements associated with a modern platform for health care IT. With this solution, that’s what we get, declares Klaus Larsen.

    The regional authority has taken up an option in the contract that the Region of Southern Denmark signed with Systematic in 2018, which makes it possible for the two regions in the north and south of Denmark to use the same system.

    Michael Holm predicts increased practical as well as strategic cooperation between the Danish regional authorities that use Systematic’s electronic health record system.

    - There are clear advantages for the regions that have selected the Systematic system as the core element in their health care IT framework. First of all, because it has been developed and planned in collaboration with the users. This means it’s well tested, and it works. Hospital facilities run by all the three regional authorities become users of the same solution, which means there is significant potential for synergies and cooperation, explains Michael Holm.

    Systematic solutions for the Danish hospital service are distinguished by being developed in close cooperation with the Danish hospital staff, so the IT systems are configured to comply with users’ specific needs and requirements. According to Michael Holm, this has been a key part of the explanation for the Systematic contract with North Denmark Region.

    - Our developers get together with doctors, medical secretaries and nurses on site, in order to get the best possible insight into their practical needs and their day-to-day working situations. Maintaining close collaboration with users throughout the development process helps ensure greater user satisfaction when the system is put into use, explains Michael Holm.

    He also sees exciting perspectives for the municipalities in northern Denmark collaborating more closely with the region’s hospitals with regard to patient treatment and follow-up, because several of these municipalities have also decided to introduce the Systematic Cura citizen record system as a health care administration platform.

    - It is also considerably easier if you want to share data between organisations in different municipalities and regions, because the basic structures used in the systems are identical, and the data exchange formats are already in place, explains Michael Holm.

    Healthcare professionals in northern Denmark can expect to begin using their new electronic health record in the autumn of 2021.


    Facts about the Systematic Columna Clinical Information System

    The Columna Clinical Information System consists of five modules, which together form a complete IT system that effectively supports the work of health care professionals.

    The system provides doctors, nurses and medical secretaries with an effective overview of patients’ health status, and helps them deal with patient-related tasks that include planning care regimes, managing medication, booking operations and examinations (irrespective of department and hospital), and administering the results from these examinations and tests.

    The system also supports the gathering of administrative patient data for both regional and national use.

    North Denmark Region

    Residents: about 590,000

    A total of 13 treatment centres, organised into 3 hospital units:

    • Aalborg University Hospital
    • Regional Hospital North Jutland
    • Psychiatry in the North Denmark Region

    Columna Clinical Information System users: 13,000

    Central Denmark Region

    Residents: about 1,320,000

    A total of 18 treatment centres, organised into 7 hospital units:

    • Aarhus University Hospital
    • Hospitalsenhed Midt
    • Regional Hospital West Jutland
    • Pre-hospital unit (emergency pre-admission intervention)
    • Regional Hospital in Horsens
    • Regional Hospital in Randers
    • Psychiatry in the Central Denmark Region

    Columna Clinical Information System users: 23,000

    Region of Southern Denmark

    Residents: about 1,220,000

    A total of 13 treatment centres, organised into 5 hospital units:

    • Odense University Hospital
    • Hospital Lillebaelt
    • Hospital of South West Jutland
    • Hospital Sønderjylland
    • Psychiatry in the Region of Southern Denmark

    Columna Clinical Information System users: 22,000