International collaboration in action 

Nine delegates from cutting edge Danish health companies visited Kent, Surrey and Sussex last week to foster closer collaboration between the two health economies.

Denmark has a strong record of using innovative approaches, such as wearable tech, co-creation and living labs, to deliver successful new approaches to health care.

KSS AHSN and its members have already visited the state of Southern Denmark to learn from the region’s innovative approach, so we have returned the favour to showcase the range of exciting initiatives taking place across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Study day

The study day was held at East Surrey Hospital, where the delegates – representing Denmark’s top health technology companies - found out more about KSS AHSN’s work and that of its members.

Commenting on the visit, Guy Boersma, Managing Director of KSS AHSN, said:

“Over the course of three years we’ve built trust and respect between ourselves and our Danish colleagues.  And with that comes strong relationships, fit for collaboration. Together we have all the ingredients for an international collaboration to address the challenges our respective health services are facing.

“We’re thrilled to have hosted this event, and look forward to showing the great work that we, and our members, are involved with.”

Innovation and development

The delegates were all members of Danish cluster organisation Welfare Tech, which acts as a hub for innovation and business development in healthcare, homecare and social services.

Visiting companies include Brainreader, whose product opens up new opportunities to gain insight into degenerative brain issues; Opentele Health, a universal cloud-based remote health measurement platform; and Public Intelligence, an internationally renowned pioneer in open innovation and living labs, working across public authorities, citizens and business.

Christian Graversen, CEO of Welfare Tech, said he is keen to explore closer collaboration between Welfare Tech and AHSNs.

“The trip explored potential customers and partners for research and development,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity to network with, and gain insight from, local health experts and determine areas for future collaboration.”

WEAHSN

After spending the day at East Surrey Hospital the group travelled to Bristol, where they took part in a matchmaking event and company showcase event, hosted by West of England AHSN and Enterprise Europe Network.

Find out more:
Melissa Ream, 5G and Living Labs, KSS AHSN  Melissa.Ream@nhs.net