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NordDEC presented at the United Nations high-level symposium on digital health

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In September this year, NordDEC was presented at a United Nations high-level symposium on digital health as an example of international inspiration by Liz Ashall-Payne, founding CEO of ORCHA.

The invite-only conference, which is billed as an ‘intellectual supercollider’, was streamed by UNESCO to 150 countries.


The N!P initiated project NordDEC, powered by the world-leading expertise of ORCHA, is the world’s first cross-border digital health evaluation programme and unifies digital health standards across multiple countries, so that safe digital health can reach citizens across the entire region. The lessons learned from the harmonized and systematic approach of NordDEC could now, according to Liz, be rolled out globally – bringing countries, regions and continents together in a joint effort to get better healthcare to more people.

“I briefed the delegates on this cross-border project across the Nordics. I believe there are lessons here which could be relevant as we roll out safe digital health across the globe.”

The Nordic region, which encompasses Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, has a transient population, so it makes sense for these separate nations to integrate their health systems so that citizens are supported on the move. Despite the 365,000 digital health technologies on the market, no standardised regulation or risk management system is in place in any of the Nordic states, let alone any shared standards between the countries.

The NordDEC-initiative is in line with the overall goal of the Nordic Council of Ministers of creating the Nordics to be the most integrated health region in the world by 2030.

The Nordic Digital Health and Evaluation Criteria (NordDEC) programme, is owned by N!P, sponsored by Nordic Innovation and industry partners and powered by ORCHA services.

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