Technology starts at home

Denmark is among the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Not because of innovation,

but thanks to application and inclusion.

“I travel frequently to Silicon Valley and I’m continuously in awe of the sheer power of innovation in that place.

They constantly come up with new groundbreaking solutions.

But then, when you travel around the United States, you realise that the rest of society has not caught up.

In Denmark, it is almost the other way around.”

Søren Nielsen is the CEO of Devoteam, a Danish management consultancy specialised in IT services.

Devoteam helps companies and authorities to utilise digital technology in their work, and Denmark is doing well, according to Nielsen.

“We have one of the most digitally advanced public sectors in the world,

and we regularly present best-practice cases abroad.

In Denmark, we have not invented the technologies,

but we work hard to make the most of them in the way we function as a society.”

It is all about application and inclusion, he says.

“Technology starts at home.

It is not some remote phenomenon but a massive trend affecting every member of society.

Accordingly, our solutions need to be inclusive and demonstrate the positive effects of new technology where it matters in everyday life.”

150 steps per day equals one million euros per year

One such area is healthcare, where every developed society in the world is trying to make ends meet.

The new hospital in Bispebjerg,

Copenhagen, was developed based on digital analyses to improve patient care.

“All the staff, doctors, nurses and porters walk long distances every day in order to do their work.

80 per cent of the costs are wages,

so by reducing walking the hospital would save time and money.

In fact, calculations showed that if an employee walked just 150 fewer steps per day,

the hospital would save one million euros per year,” Nielsen explains.

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