The Region of Southern Denmark and OUH

The Region of Southern Denmark is one of five regions in Denmark and has 1,2 million inhabitants and a total area of 12.191 km2.
The main task of the Region of Southern Denmark is to run the health service in Southern Denmark. The region is also in charge of a number of specialised social services, including care for the disabled. Finally, the region must also attract and coordinate growth and development in Southern Denmark.
The Region of Southern Denmark is the largest workplace in the region, employing around 25,000 people, and has an annual budget of € 2.7 billion (2011). This is larger than the budget for the Danish armed forces, and the figure is also greater than the turnover of the biggest industrial companies in Denmark.

The Region of Southern Denmark’s biggest challenge lies in the area of health, with an expenditure of approx. 2.8 billion euros a year. The region operates four main hospital units each with several localities: Odense University Hospital, Lillebaelt Hospital, Hospital South West Jutland and Hospital Sønderjylland. The hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark collaborate with 800 GPs to provide medical treatment.

Increasingly over the past 10 years, the Region of Southern Denmark has focused on eHealth and telemedicine – both in research projects but also in implementation. All hospitals in the region have implemented telemedicine services and the level of electronic communication is very high as almost 6 million messages are transmitted electronically between hospitals, GPs, municipalities, pharmacies, therapists and other health institutions every month in the Region.

Odense University Hospital

OUH (Odense University Hospital and Svendborg Hospital) comprises one of three main centres in the Danish hospital service and is the largest hospital in the Region of Southern Denmark. A number of care pathways offered by OUH are also available to people living in the rest of the Region of Southern Denmark, all over Denmark and people living abroad.

OUH started to implement Electronic Health Records (EHR) back in 1999, making the hospital a frontrunner in terms of electronic medical systems.

Today, Denmark’s largest EHR installation is located in Odense where it has replaced traditional medical records. This makes OUH the first Danish university hospital where EHR is operating on all wards. All departments at OUH were using the electronic medical records by October 2009, meaning that the system had been implemented for around 9,300 employees in Odense.

Today OUH is 96% digital in all possible processes and work flows (lab requests, prescriptions to pharmacies, referrals, discharge notices to GPs and municipalities, etc.) either via the EHR or other digital systems that are integrated in the EHR user platform allowing direct access to the systems.

The SUSTAINS project activities will take place in the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology in the Department of Operational Excellence and IT at Odense University Hospital, and will be managed by an EHR specialist in the department along with a team of clinical staff and innovation consultants.