Korean delegation tracing the best health care system in the world
NewIcon’s Product Specialist Timo Huttunen was impressed by the sincerity of the Koreans. The fully automated dispensing system in its authentic environment attracted the interest of the experts even through many Korean hospital pharmacies already have automated dispensing systems.
The main purpose of the visit to Finland was to get acquainted with the IV ICON Twins compounding system for intravenous antibiotics, the likes of which is not yet available in Korean hospitals. Preliminary talks have also taken place regarding a compounding system for patient-specific cancer medicines in product development at NewIcon.
“Korean hospitals aim to improve patient safety, especially when compounding intravenous medicines. This is based on a very unfortunate accident a few years ago in which young children were killed by contaminated medicines. There is definitely a desire to avoid similar accidents in the future”, says Huttunen.
The Korean delegation also diligently studied the Finnish health care system, which has been recognised as the best in the world in many international studies*. For this reason, in addition to hospitals, the places to visit also included Fimea, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela and Business Finland.
“Koreans appreciate Finnish health care even though we Finns certainly have things to learn from them as well. However, there was no time for an in-depth discussion about the differences between the countries’ health care systems during the compact visit. It is perhaps easy to learn from our hospitals’ example as strict EU regulation alone determines the quality of our health care”, Huttunen estimates.
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* Source: The Lancet. Article: Measuring performance on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index for 195 countries and territories and selected subnational locations: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 Global Burden of Disease Health Financing Collaborator Network. Published: May 23, 2018
Finland’s health care system*
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