IWDK Inside-Out: Karen Skjerbæk Jørgensen from Trifork Digital Health

By Anne la Cour Thysen

In IWDK Inside-Out some of our great and amazing speakers, briefly, unfold their perspectives on tech and data in our society. Moreover, you’ll get a sneak peak on, what they are going to tell you about on their IWDK-event. 


This time it is Karen Skjerbæk Jørgensen, Vice President at Trifork Digital Health, who reflects on trust and tech in the healthcare sector. In collaboration with Alexandra Instituttet, Karen is hosting an event, that presents and debates the deployment of IT in the healthcare sector today and in the future. Also, potential new processes in light of COVID-19 and the learnings following the crisis and the research from Alexandra Instituttet. Sign up here!

Q: What do you connect with this year’s IWDK-theme “Trust & Tech // Today & Tomorrow?
A: I associate the theme with “intimacy and security in the digital space”. My passion is the interaction between people and technology and the mutual influence. As I work with healthcare IT, it is important to me how we can create intimacy and security in the digital domain without compromising the security of our healthcare data.


Q: What are you going to talk about on your event at IWDK, and why do you want to contribute to networking and knowledge sharing during the festival?
A: During the corona pandemic, a number of IT solutions in the healthcare sector were developed and deployed at an unprecedented pace. It was mainly about giving citizens the opportunity for dialogue with healthcare professionals without physical contact via video consultations and virtual waiting rooms. This could be done because everyone focused on rapid development and deployment.

For now, the risk of chaos in the healthcare sector have passed, and we are beginning to see the end of the crisis. This raises some questions, which we will discuss at our event.


Q: What do you consider as the advantages about technology and ‘datafication’ in regard to the societal development?
A: Technology and digitalization are essential factors to ensure the improvement of the patients’ experience of care (including quality and satisfaction). Also, an improvement of the population’s health and a reduction of the per capita cost of health care.


Q: Which problem is important to concern in relation to the use and implementation of tech and data?
A: The use of technology must be thought through wisely and not just implemented because we can. It must make sense and have a clear purpose. In addition, it is crucial that citizens, patients, relatives and healthcare professionals feel safe in the use of technology, including security that our personal data and healthcare data are processed securely.


Q: Which topics are you looking forward to dive into during IWDK? Are you attending other events at the festival?
A:I am especially looking forward to the topic “Society, democracy and ethics” and “Data and technologies”. I have planned to participate in “Hardtalk: How data with mind and heart will change your business” (attend here) and in the first part of “Digitalt Topmøde”, as it is at the same time as our event (attend here).

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