EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES BROUGHT INTO PEOPLE'S HOMES
Mobile emergency medical care, which was introduced in Finland some years ago, has a variety of advantages: patients can avoid unnecessary visits to hospital emergency rooms; various care needs can be addressed in advance; and acute care can be provided even if an emergency care unit is not available. The outcomes and user feedback have been positive. Finland's emergency medical care model, which costs about 30% less to operate than previous ones, promotes a leaner organisation and supports information management, development of skills and care.
The Norwegian municipality of Skien improved the academic results of secondary school students in mathematics considerably by introducing a new teaching methodology. Faced with substandard results, Skien looked for innovative solutions in municipalities with similar difficulties and adapted a solution developed in the municipality of Sandnes. The introduction of the new teaching methodology was facilitated by collaborating with Sandnes, by pursuing long-term strategic efforts in the local school system and by focusing on specific goals in Skien.
Thirty-five municipalities and three regions in Denmark have joined forces in Open Data DK, a data portal that makes public data open. Greater transparency has been achieved by allowing citizens and businesses easy access free of charge to data. New services have also sprouted up, including a parking app that has used data over a million times from Aarhus Municipality from a multi-storey car park.
What does public sector innovation look like in the context of public schools, libraries and hospitals? How innovative is the public sector, who collaborates with public workplaces and how often do new solutions spread across the public sector?
The Nordic Innovation Barometer addresses these questions and more using a yardstick new to the public sector based on nationwide survey data collected at the level of the individual public sector workplace.