Healthcare systems around the world are challenged by an increased share of elderly citizens and chronically ill patients as well as more expensive forms of treatment.
More than a decade ago Denmark launched initiatives to address these challenges, where some of the first initiatives were to increase the quality of treatment and increase productivity at the Danish hospitals. This has led to an increase in hospital productivity by 30 pct. since 2003.
The 2007 structural reform of the public sector in Denmark laid the foundation for a new hospital structure and a new division of labor between primary healthcare and hospitals. Comprising 16 hospital construction projects, the Super Hospital Programme is a cornerstone in the new Danish hospital structure where a number of small hospitals are merged into fewer, highly specialized hospitals.
The investment in new hospitals is planned to further increase hospital productivity. On top of the agreed 2 pct. annual increases in overall hospital productivity, the 16 Super Hospitals are required to meet an additional demand for efficiency gains of up to 8 pct.
For these highly advanced hospitals to succeed in constantly improving productivity, new processes and technology are required to enable just-in-time delivery of services and equipment and coordination between all specialties and thousands of patients and staff. This is key to some of the productivity gains that have already been achieved, but also to future improvements and coordination in our future hospital structure.
The Danish hospitals have a great focus on organizational as well as technological development, and the combination of these areas of change offer a perfect opportunity for radical innovation in the field of hospital logistics.