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Central Denmark Region awarded four out of four EU stars

 for strong health innovation partnership collaborations focusing on solutions for elderly
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A tool based on artificial intelligence can predict acute illness and a digital system can help people with dementia. These are two examples of health innovation initiatives created in a partnership with Central Denmark Region. This type of partnership collaboration has been acknowledged with four out of four EU stars and will attract attention from abroad.


The European Commission is behind this initiative and awards stars to partnerships focused on innovative health solutions for the growing population of elderly in the EU. At the same time, the partnerships become so-called reference sites for the entire EU.

This is the first time Central Denmark Region tries to become a reference site. This has been done in close collaboration with Aarhus Municipality, a front-runner in digital and innovative solutions in this area – also internationally. The region is now labelled as a reference site with four out of four possible stars.

- Getting four out of four possible stars the first time we apply is an acknowledgement of our strong regional partnerships across hospitals, municipalities, education and knowledge institutions, companies and citizens. We know the number of elderly citizens is growing and we need to find new solutions. This means we have to collaborate across sectors and institutions, and this does not happen without the strategic focus and good intentions we have in our region, says Anders Kühnau, Chairman of the Regional Council in Central Denmark Region.

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