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Greater Focus on Education-Health Cooperation

Annual Report 2018

In 2018, CHI strove to strengthen cooperation across education and health, as cooperation provides the best framework for giving students the competences required in the future health sector.

Therefore, in 2018, we continued to further develop and scale our main initiatives. CHI’s innovation consultants (resource persons employed with the partners) are the driving forces behind collaborations between education and practice. They are to a large extent responsible for our successful results.

Get an overview here:

Significant Increase in the Number of Students Working on Challenges from Practice

When students get a chance to test their professional competences on concrete challenges from the health sector, they learn a lot more than from classical case teaching. When the case at hand involves real issues facing real citizens and patients, the students are more motivated and committed to solving the project challenge – especially when they get to present their solutions to the health professionals.

We have successfully solved the challenge of matching courses and challenges. We have seen a significant increase both in the number of challenges brought into play in teaching and in the number of students working on real-life challenges:

Challenges used in teaching – a 50% increase since 2017
Students who have worked on challenges – a 220% increase since 2017
Would you like to know how students work on the challenges? See examples here

Cooperation Between Educators and Health Professionals Should Be as Trouble-Free as Possible

So far the responsibility for matching courses and challenges has mainly rested with CHI’s innovation consultants. However, it is our ambition to make it easier for educators and health professionals to launch collaborations on their own, not least as we scale the initiative. Therefore, we still use the Network for Health Professionals and Educators (NSU) to bring the two professions together across sectors and inspire collaborations.

Also in 2018 we developed the cooperation tool Cobox compiles cases that may inspire collaboration while identifying the courses and challenges from practice in need of a partner. Cobox was launched officially on 28 February 2019 in connection with an NSU event.

Health Innovators Helped Further Develop Students’ Ideas

The Health Innovators course in the spring of 2018 was the largest so far, qualifying and further developing the health innovation ideas of seven teams.

Autumn Course Cancelled

Unfortunately, applications for the planned autumn course were few, and we did not receive enough qualified applications to run the course. Instead we offered the students the chance to follow an innovation course for health professionals provided by the Capital Region of Denmark. One team accepted.

Large Group Ready in 2019

Instead we put all our energy into recruiting students for the spring of 2019, and we were successful. Eight talented teams have been accepted into the programme.

Health Innovators pitcher deres ideer
Students qualified their ideas
Companies have been established
Is the total amount participants have attracted in funding

11 Events Inspired and Debated Health Innovation and Education

In 2018, CHI hosted several interesting events that brought health innovation, competences and education up for debate. Get an overview here:

CHI Morning: Future Competences in the Health Sector

We discussed competences required in the future together with Charlotte Hess from the Capital Region of Denmark and Jacob Steglich-Andersen from Synapse – Life Science Connect. Read more

Network Meeting for Health Professionals and Educators

35 stakeholders were inspired by two collaborations and discussed how they can improve their cooperation on education. Read more

CHI Morning: Can New Technology Improve Skills Development and Learning About Health?

Ballast CPH and CAMES Rigshospitalet offered insight into how far we have come in simulation training and what we can expect in the future. Read more

Health Innovators Finale: Learn How Students Plan to Solve Health Challenges

The seven teams that participated in Health Innovators this spring pitched their ideas and received feedback from the panel and the audience. Read more

Debate at the People’s Meeting 2018: Future Competences for a Changing Health Sector

Five strong profiles debated future competences at the People’s Meeting 2018. Read more

3 Summer Talks Offered Summer Course Participants New Perspectives on Health

In cooperation with the summer courses at SUND, UCPH we held three summer talks, which offered international students insight into the Danish health sector. Read more

Network Meeting for Health Professionals and Educators

Together with the 70 health professionals and teachers who had signed up for the meeting we brought focus to teaching facilitation with a presentation by Associate Professor Ib Ravn, who researches facilitation. Read more

CHI Morning: The Role of Humans in the Future Health Sector

Sara Gry Striegler from the Danish Design Centre and Morten Friis-Olivarius from PlatoScience presented ideas for how design and creativity can be brought into play within health innovation. Read more

Conference: Health Innovation Together

To open the conference, a panel conducted a SWOT analysis of health innovation in Denmark. Read more

Three Projects Completed in 2018

At the end of 2018, three development projects funded by the Capital Region of Denmark’s Regional Growth and Development Strategy ran out of funding. Read about the main results of and experiences drawn from the three projects here:

Participant-Involving Learning Paid off at Surgical Summer School

In August, 24 Danish and international students completed the surgical summer school with impressive results. Through a combination of theory and hands-on practice the students have learned to suture and perform sonographies, endoscopies and operations etc. They thus have the best qualifications to continue with their specialist programme in surgery.

As funding ran out in 2018, this was the second and last summer school in surgery.


Out of 68 qualified applicants, 24 Danish and international students were accepted. The graph shows the geographical distribution of participants.


The average evaluation of the course on a scale of 1-5

Participants performed a perfect bronchoscopy (endoscopy of the airways)

World’s First Objective Measurement of the Quality of a Colonoscopy

Over the past three years, a research project has developed a system for measuring how good a doctor or nurse is at performing a colonoscopy of the intestines. When colonoscopists practise the procedure using simulation models and virtual reality, the system objectively measures the quality of their work. This makes them practise harder to become better at performing the procedure.

At the same time, the objective measurements can be used to certify colonoscopists, ensuring that they do not get to examine patients until they have acquired the skills to perform the procedure safely and gently. The next step is to introduce the system in clinical practice in connection with real examinations, enabling a more experienced doctor to step in if the quality of an examination is insufficient.

Health Dialogue in the Social Media

Researchers from CBS have used big data to study how health-related posts are shared in the social media in the Nordic countries. Their data shows that posts with photos create commitment. In addition, analyses of texts from debate fora on diabetes reveal that when health actors post texts in these fora, recipients largely trust their messages. Even though funding for the project ran out by the end of 2018, the PhDs in the project will continue their research for another year.

Sundhedsdialog på sociale medier

The Future of Copenhagen Health Innovation

From the beginning, CHI was launched to propel pilot projects, and it has a four-year financial foundation running from 2016 to 2019 supplemented with two large grants from ReVUS and the European Social Fund, respectively. The partners wish to continue the cross-sector collaboration via a sustainable financial model. Therefore, we established a new strategic framework in 2018 that will form the basis of CHI’s work over the next two years.

New Strategic Framework Provides the Focus for 2019 and 2020

The strategic framework is built on experiences from CHI activities so far and focusses on cooperation on education and health innovation. Thus, we will not be launching actual research projects on health technology in the future.

Our ambition is that the CHI partners develop a collaborative learning culture across sectors, which can contribute to the development of new solutions to health challenges in practice, and educate the future staff of the health sector.

This means that CHI in the future will focus on the following three focus areas:

Strengthening Collaboration

We will strengthen our efforts to motivate health professionals, teachers and students to cooperate on developing solutions to complex health challenges. As a new approach, CHI will strive to ensure that strategic focus areas in the health sector are brought into play together with students from various fields.

New Methods

CHI will test new learning methods, teaching approaches and education formats across educational institutions and in interaction with the health sector.

Scaling Initiatives

In addition, CHI will disseminate and scale experiences from collaborations to make activities less resource demanding and to increase the effect.

Models Will Scale Initiatives

At the end of 2018 we began to develop models that will help us disseminate experiences and best practices from collaborations across education and health. The various models strengthen the collaborations and offer concrete tools for embedding the initiatives at the partners in a broader perspective than previously.

We will continue this development in 2019, while identifying the concrete collaborations for which we will seek to attract external funding from 2020.

New Grant Secures the Partnership in 2019-2020

On 10 September 2018, CHI received additional funding of DKK 2 million a year in 2019 and 2020 from the Capital Region of Denmark. The grant Copenhagen Health Innovation – Development of innovative competences and mindset among students and health professionals will ensure continuity in CHI’s activities in 2019 and enables CHI to continue to run and facilitate network activities and ensure knowledge sharing and dissemination of achieved results.

The grant will thus enable us to develop and approve a sustainable model and future structure for CHI in 2019, which will be implemented in 2020 and replace the existing basis for contract 2016-2019.

Thank you for a successful 2018. We look forward to continuing the cooperation!

Anette Birck, Director of Copenhagen Health Innovation

CHI´s activities were in 2018 financed through:

Den Europæiske Socialfond