Danish public authorities are promoting the development and use of eHealth solutions. Increasing technology-use in healthcare, care for the elderly, social services and in education will “maintain or increase the quality of public welfare services while at the same time reducing public expenditure”, according to an English introduction to Denmark’s Strategy for Digital Welfare (2013-2020), published by the country’s Agency for Digitisation.
“The aim of the strategy is to accelerate the use of ICT and welfare technology in front-line public service delivery,” writes Denmark’s Agency for Digitisation (Digitaliseringsstyrelsen - DIGST). The public sector should stay up-to-date on new digital solutions, and the plan also foresees testing of promising technologies.
Last month, three groups of municipalities and regions in Denmark were awarded grants, for each to test an eHealth solution.
The welfare strategy is one of seven policy documents that DIGST is making available in English on its website. The other documents deal with:
- Mandatory Digital Self-Service;
- Mandatory Digital Post;
- National eID 'NemID';
- Citizens' Portal 'borger.dk’;
- Mandatory eInvoicing 'NemHandel';
- IT Projects and Programmes Management in central government.