Picture of Finn MathiesenFinn Mathiesen

Vice Chair, Department of Radiology, Vejle Hospital

Today Finn Mathiesen is the vice chair of the department of Radiology at Vejle Hospital in Denmark, and the first CMIO in Denmark. He is an innovator in introducing new technologies into health care in Denmark.

Finn is founder and 10 year webmaster of the first scientific medical homepage in Denmark in 1996 – drs.dk. For the Danish MEDCOM organization he has made the EDIFACT standard for electronically requests and the national PACS prefix system.

He introduced the first speech recognition system in Nordic language in 2002, the system is today used in all EPR reports at Vejle Hospital and is the basic of systems today used in e.g. the Danish Parliament and by national broadcasting companies. Vejle hospital is today totally paperless.

He graduated as a medical doctor from Aarhus University in 1984, specialized in Diagnostic Radiology in 1993 and in Neuroradiology in 1994. Consultant radiologist in Vejle since 1994 and CMIO since 2005.

Department of Radiology, Vejle Hospital

Vejle Hospital was founded in 1890.

Today Vejle and Give Hospitals are merged with one direction board and have more that 2,300 employees and a budget of DKR 750 million.

Vejle and Give Hospitals offer several highly specialized functions, and treat each year around 22,000 patients during hospitalization and receives about. 187,000 outpatient visits.



Wednesday, November 5th: 14.30 - 15.15

Track: E-Health Challenges

Does eHealth really benefit the patient? - What do the health care workers really need?

eHealth systems must assist the health care workers in performing their tasks with a minimum of contact with the computer and a maximum of contact with the patients.

With a strong focus on what benefits the patient and what helps the healthcare worker, Finn will talk on how Vejle hospital have become the first fully digital hospital in Denmark. Keep it simple, start low and 10% effort will benefit 90% of the users. Web applications and URL calls between systems are used. Strong leadership keep the development on track, doctors are anarchists and must be keep on a tight leach. Avoid ”can-do-everything” systems and make systems that focus on the users need for getting information and getting rid of information in their own environment.

Make standards – not standard programs. Sign on, logging, streaming, Web portals, identification and security are major future challenges.