Areas of excellence

A more detailed description of Region Zealand’s Healthcare projects and resources are described below:


Patient Empowerment

Region Zealand works with patient-oriented prevention in two ways:

  • Impact of lifestyle on health status with focus on factors such as diet, smoking, alcohol, and physical exercise. The aim is to prevent deterioration of disease and/or to postpone medical complications. Activities include improved communication between sectors (e.g. hospital and general practitioners) thereby strengthening referral mechanisms, as well as increasing efforts on advising patients about healthy lifestyle.
  • Patient education to empower patients to actively take part in their treatment. The aim is to establish a common concept of patient education, initially focusing on chronic diseases such as COPD, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. (Region Zealand in ENGAGED)


Public Procurement Innovation/Pre-Commercial Procurement

The Department SIS (Health innovation Zealand)has previously and are currently involved in PPI Nordic and European projects:


  • EPP – eHealth: This is a European project starting in 2015 that will develop a network of procures to identify common needs, conduct market analysis, understand supply chain, use these tools to comprise a higher procurement volume, and achieve bigger impact on suppliers. It will allow them voice out their unmet needs, create a new demand to access sustainable products of higher quality, and develop new applications with lower life cycle costs. The network will allow the consortium to stimulate the market with the aim of creating a PPI/PCP procurement strategy for the eHealth sector. (EPP – eHealth homepage)


  • SAEPP: 2015 the European project SAEPP (Smart Ambulance European Procures Platform) will be indicated. It aims at creating a consensus of agreement from Ambulance Users and Procurers on the core technology-centric features which, if correctly integrated into a suitably re-designed ambulance, would allow them to demonstrate, evaluate and deliver new models of in-community healthcare delivery, with the primary objective of avoiding unnecessary hospital attendances (& thus admissions) and the associated patient distress and hospital costs. Such a consensus would form the basis of a future PCP for the envisaged vehicle, and such a PCP specification is in fact an output of this proposed work. (SAEPP homepage)


  • Nordic PPI Net: Is a cooperation project between public institutions and private companies working on a foundation for common innovation procurement projects in the Nordic health sector. SIS is involved in the following PPI projects:

o Lifeline, patient monitoring system in collaboration with the private company VIEWCARE, hospitals and Aalborg University

o Hygienic drain in collaboration with private company ACO

o Hand hygiene automat in collaboration with private company Hygiene development ApS. (Nordic PPI Net)

  • OPI: SIS works with the platform OPI (Public Private Innovation), which combines the knowledge of public institutions with the solutions provided by private institutions. This cooperation leads to new products and services that increase the quality in the public sector and creates growth in the private. SIS provides the identification of the needs in the health sector that are suited for an OPI-project and creates a catalogue of services with collaboration possibilities between private companies and the public sector in Region Zealand. VIS, CAPNOVA and Connect Denmark are also partners in the collaboration. (OPI-platform)


Constructing new space for Health
  • Køge University Hospital: Køge University Hospital is a new super hospital in full process of construction in the province city Køge, the university hospital is expected to be ready for use in 2021. The project is visionary in terms of both architecture and organizational ambition. The entire project focus on properties that facilitates patient treatment and quick recovery within an environment that is sustainable (in terms of environmental, economic and social engineering), efficient and flexible.


  • Psychiatry – new hospital in Slagelse: In mid 2015 a new psychiatric hospital will be opened in Slagelse. The hospital gathers all of the psychiatric beds in the west of Zealand and all of the forensic psychiatry in Zealand. The building has been designed on the basis of stakeholder involvements and takes psychiatric patients’ needs into account, leaving space for limited social contact, while creating a space where patients can meet therapists on more equal terms. Likewise employees are ensured a working environment with high safety measures and research and training facilities to give space for professional development. The hospital will contain 200 beds, an emergency department and an ambulatory care unit.


Reducing childhood obesity
Holbæk Municipality and Holbæk Hospital (The unit for obese children) have developed a successful treatment against obesity for children and adolescents. The method targets children from 3.0-18,2 years of age. The method has a 80 % success rate with a stable and continues impact after treatment for children that has followed the program. (Link to article in danish)
Prevention of hospital readmissions
ZealandDenmark takes part in the network ENGAGED which gathers stakeholders with different backgrounds from various European countries, who want to share their knowledge and experience on innovative health solutions. The COPD competence centers support the targeted citizens at risk through telephone and video conferences, improved coordination, and use of new technology for self-monitoring. It is a service that together with the integrated assistance of home nurses and home cares help citizens improve the management of their COPD outside institutions and prevent acute hospital admissions and readmission.


Handling dementia
The Region runs the seven regional hospitals, a variety of psychiatric services and specialised services for children and young people. There are 9 dementia clinics in Region Zealand . Region Zealand plays a central role in a network of cooperating partners, who work for a dynamic and coordinated development throughout the Region. The Region is responsible for providing health services such as primary care, psychiatry and hospital services. Additionally, health innovation is an important action area in the Region as health innovation embodies benefits for citizens and enterprises alike. Region Zealand is involved in a number of projects with EU partners focusing on research, innovation, and health care innovation.

As mentioned above, we have a total of 9 dementia clinics making dementia diagnosis and initiating medical treatment for dementia in close collaboration with our geriatric, neurologic or psychiatric medical departments. They cooperate closely on complex patient examination and care. We have staff-members (doctors, nurses and occupational therapists) who have research experience from major and minor dementia projects, all of which is managed by the National Hospital /National Centre of Dementia/Neurologic Department, Copenhagen. Those projects are completed / implemented in cooperation with municipal dementia care coordinators. We have 17 primary municipalities in Region Zealand, and they all have one or more dementia care coordinators employed.