A new ecosystem, Health Innovation Aarhus, will put the Aarhus area on the health innovation world map. This week, leading health, and knowledge institutions as well as innovative businesses in Aarhus present their joint branding site www.hia.dk
In 2020, the idea of a strong community among health partners in the Aarhus area was established between the founders Aarhus University, Aarhus University Hospital, INCUBA, Aarhus Municipality and Central Denmark Region. Since then, several private businesses have become part of the branding partnership and the goal is to get more partners on board.
The purpose of Health Innovation Aarhus is to attract even more investments, international businesses, start-ups, students, researchers, developers, and talents from other professions to the Aarhus area, which already has a strong position in health innovation.
- In recent years we have been considered the Silicon Valley of health innovation. We have strong partners such as Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital and long-standing traditions for public and private partnership collaborations, which makes it possible for health innovation to grow even bigger, says Henrik Jespersen, Senior Vice President, Systematic, the company which has e.g., developed the electronic patient record used by all hospitals in Jutland and Funen.
- Health Innovation Aarhus is an ecosystem of the partners and stakeholders, which can turn solutions from innovation projects into actual health care solutions benefitting health care staff, citizens and society – and contribute to solving the challenge with shortage of staff, says Karen Skjerbæk Jørgensen, Vice President, Trifork, which is behind several digital health care solutions such as the Shared Medicine Card.
CEO's of health innovation businesses at the Health Innovation Aarhus launch early May 2022. Senior Vice President Henrik Jespersen, Systematic; CEO Allan Juhl, Emento; Vice President Karen Skjerbæk Jørgensen, Trifork and CEO Mette Hoberg Tønnesen, The Link. Photo: Niels Åge Skovbo, Central Denmark Region
A necessary step for the future health care system
For the first time, health care partners go together in a joint branding collaboration in the western part of Denmark. The Aarhus area and the entire Central Denmark Region will try to be more attractive and internationally known. The partnership will also meet needs with more elderly and a higher need for health care solutions in Denmark.
- We need a health care system where we get as much health for our money as possible. If we are going to meet the needs and demands for e.g., digital solutions within our budget, we need new solutions at hospitals as well as in elderly and home care. We need strong partnerships between health care, knowledge institutions and businesses. We already have these partnerships in the Aarhus area, and they have the potential to grow even more, says Anders Kjærulff, Head of Corporate Management in Central Denmark Region.
Dekan at Health, Aarhus University Anne-Mette Hvas at the Health Innovation launch meeting. Next to her is Anders Kjærulff, Head of Corporate Management, Central Denmark Region. Photo: Niels Åge Skovbo, Central Denmark Region
- We have an unmet potential for even stronger cross-sectoral collaborations e.g., enabling researchers at the university – and we have many researchers at our Faculty of Health – to translate their research into innovation and spin-out businesses. The new Health Innovation Aarhus collaboration can contribute to strengthen this platform and we need this facing drastic transformations in the future health care system, says Anne-Mette Hvas, Dean at Health, Aarhus University.
With the launch of a joint Health Innovation Aarhus website, www.hia.dk, health partners have a platform to showcase and communicate the many possibilities the Aarhus area has to offer and, in this way, attract future employees, investors, businesses, start-ups, specialists and students.
Several well-established Aarhus businesses and other partners are already a part of Health Innovation Aarhus. Among the partners are Trifork, Danish Life Science Cluster, Emento, Enversion, Systematic and The Link which launch the branding site together with Aarhus University, Central Denmark Region, Aarhus University Hospital, INCUBA and Aarhus Municipality.