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MedCom – In brief

MedCom was established in 1994 as a public funded, non profit cooperation. MedCom facilitates the cooperation between authorities, organisations and private firms linked to the Danish healthcare sector. In the 1999 financial agreement between the counties and central government, it was decided that MedCom would be made permanent, with the following objective:

"MedCom will contribute to the development, testing, dissemination and quality assurance of electronic communication and information in the healthcare sector with a view to supporting good patient progression".

MedCom’s profile was intensified further in connection with the financial agreement between the regions and the government for 2011 which states that,

“MedCom is continued based on the politically established goals and milestones concerning cross-sectorial communication and with a precise role as operating organisation. MedCom solves problems with a focus to support efficient performance and a gradual expansion of the national eHealth infrastructure, which is necessary for a safe and coherent access to relevant data and communication across regions, municipalities, and general practitioners”.

MedCom is financed and owned by:

  • The Ministry of Health
  • Danish Regions
  • Local Government Denmark

MedCom’s steering committee is furthermore composed by the partners in MedCom.

MedCom has, since its establishment, worked in time-constricted project periods of 2 – 4 years. MedCom9 takes place in 2014 – 2015. Based on the national ehealth strategy, three project lines will be implemented during the MedCom9 period:

  • Realisation of the national telemedicine action plan, where MedCom is responsible for Clinically Integrated Home Monitoring, deployment of telepsychiatry and the deployment of telemedical ulcer assessment
  • Full dissemination and implementation of the Shared Medication Record (FMK), with MedCom involved in adoption by general practitioners and municipalities
  • Full dissemination and implementation of message-based communication in regions and municipalities, in addition to an ongoing focus on full dissemination and implementation of MedCom standards between hospitals, municipalities and general practitioners. Initiatives are also set in motion in the fields of psychiatry and social services.

Furthermore MedCom is responsible for permanent basic tasks within four main areas:

  • Cross-sectoral dissemination and expertise
  • Standards, testing and certification
  • Operation and further development of the Danish Healthcare Data Network and national data sources
  • International activities

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