Innovation at OUH


Odense University Hospital (OUH) has a long tradition of working with innovation as well as of testing, implementing and assessing new technological solutions. This means that new technologies and innovative initiatives are a regular part of the hospital’s daily operations, which constantly improve treatments and workflows at OUH.

Innovation has been a key part of OUH for years. For instance, OUH was the first Danish hospital where all 50 clinical wards switched to an electronic patient record back in 2009. Another innovative measure has been the app My Hospital, which can be used by all OUH’s patients regardless of disease, diagnosis, ward, etc. It is now in use in all of the Region of Southern Denmark.

A high degree of digitisation, an agile IT infrastructure and an innovative culture are the prerequisites for us at OUH to easily and quickly test and implement new solutions – the basic elements and the digital foundation are in place.

The work with strategic innovation is grounded in the unit for Innovation and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in the Department of Clinical Development. Today, Innovation and HTA is a centrally placed unit at Odense University Hospital that carries out both large and small projects in the field of innovation and health technology. The unit has approximately 30 employees and collaborates with all staff groups at the hospital, researchers from the university, private companies, local municipalities and general practitioners on creating solutions that improve the healthcare services offered at Odense University Hospital.

The Innovation and HTA unit works with all kinds of technology that have the potential to add value and improve treatment and care, such as telemedicine, mobile apps, camera pills, video consultations, robots, drones, AI, VR/AR, etc. The projects vary from development of new technology, testing existing technology in new settings and implementation of solutions to assessing the effects of medical technology.


An important and direct result of OUH’s focus on strategic innovation is the creation of the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT) in 2014, which promotes innovation and research in new medical technologies such as telemedicine, online applications, patient reported outcomes, video consultations and more. In recent years, the two research centres Centre for Clinical Robotics (CCR) and the Centre for Clinical Artificial Intelligence (CAI-X) have been created as well for the purpose of promoting innovative new technologies in the field of healthcare.

If you wish to collaborate with OUH Innovation or learn more about our work, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Thomas K. Kristensen
Head of Innovation
Phone: (+45)  2371 9724

Anne Mette Ølholm
Team Coordinator of HTA Unit, Health Technology Assessment
Phone: (+45) 6541 7959

Rikke Lyngholm Christensen
Programme Manager at Centre of Innovative Medical Technology, CIMT
Phone (+45) 2462 9727

Peter Børker Nielsen
Programme Manager at Centre for Artificial Intelligence, CAI-X
Phone: (+45) 2460 7692

Søren Udby
Programme Manager at Centre for Clinical Robotics, CCR
Phone: (+45) 2931 7259