Celebrating the unsung heroes of health tech implementation and impact.

After two years of celebrating collaboration with the Health Tech Adoption Awards, it is time for a small change. The Hermit was born as the Health Tech Adoption Awards, awarded to the driving forces behind the successful collaborations bridging the gap between healthcare and health tech. Great ideas can result in large impact, if they are implemented the right way. This is why we have decided to rename The Hermit ‘The Health Tech Implementation Awards’. Our focus is the same: finding the most successful collaborations enabling the best solutions to be used for better healthcare. The Hermit is a joint achievement - we celebrate the partnerships and the people taking a chance and succeeding.
But where did the nickname 'The Hermit' come from? The hermit crab has adapted to occupy empty scavenged shells to protect their fragile exoskeletons. When the hermit crab adopts the empty shell, it both stays protected from predators and keeps the shell moving forward. They are thus co-dependent to stay alive and relevant. We see the health tech startups as the hermit crab: Moving forward but dependant on the shell to stay alive. The shell itself represents the adopters within healthcare. It is these mutually beneficial and crucial partnerships that we celebrate with The Hermit.
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Stay tuned - submissions for The Hermit 2024 are opening soon.


Meet the successful partnerships that have been awarded The Hermit in 2023:

National Adoption Awards: HealthBuddy by Daman x Region Hovedstaden (Danish Regions)

  • The winner of the national award is a collaboration where the health tech company has excelled at tapping into both a real clinical need and patient needs, and based on these developed a solution that has created value for all 3 stakeholders. At the same time, important data and performance measures have been generated, confirming the relevance of the solution.

International Adoption Awards A: Rheumabuddy & Vienna Universitetshospital

  • This collaboration is a great example of how learnings from a local project can successfully be transferred to a new domain abroad and create value there. The project confirms that healthcare needs and illness are not local problems, but extend across borders, and when the solutions are developed with an international outlook, they can also be scaled internationally.

International Adoption Awards B: SyncVR Medical x Aarhus Universitetshospital

  • The jury is particularly impressed by the high and long-term commitment from the healthcare partner, making it possible to test, generate evidence and implement a solution that is valuable to the end users. The jury finds that it is relevant that the learnings from this collaboration are spread nationally, so that more of the valuable technology solutions developed abroad can be implemented in Denmark. 
  • National adoption award: Sani Nudge x Region Syddanmark & O2matic x Sygehus Lillebælt
  • International adoption award A: Liva Healthcare x NHS & Sani Nudge x Ecolab
  • International adoption award B: ExorLive x Holbæk Kommune & Surgical Safety Technologies Inc. x Rigshospitalets Innovationscenter
Meet the 2023 Jury:
Dorthe Boe Danbjørg
Vice President
Danish Nurses Organisation

Dorthe Boe Danbjørg is a nurse and holds a PhD in health science. She is vice president of The Danish Nurses Organisation. Dorthe has been working with innovation and technology in healthcare for the last decade. She is the author of a new book on technology in nursing.

Camilla Noelle Rathcke
Danish Medical Association

Camilla divides her working time between her duties as chairman of the Medical Association and clinical work with patients who suffer from hormonal diseases. She has a strong commitment to ensuring that digitization, which is inevitable in a modern healthcare system, takes place in the best possible way for patients and healthcare professionals. Camilla has, among other things, been a member of the Siri Commission, which focused on the societal implications of AI.

Maria Damborg Hald
Public Sector Lead
Microsoft Denmark

Maria Damborg Hald is Public Sector Lead in Microsoft Denmark, where she leads the work with the continued development and digitization of the public sector in Denmark. She started at Microsoft Denmark in 2020 and came from a role as Deputy Director General at Agency for Public Finance and Management - Ministry of Finance. She has a deep experience and knowledge of digitization in the public sector, and in her previous public sector senior management roles she has, among other things, lead a number of large cross government IT transformation programs.

Valentin Bejan
Scaling & adoption advisor
investor & health tech expert

Advising on digital health implementation & scaling. Co-founder of Health Tech Hub Copenhagen where he drove the adoption of clever, responsible health tech. Former Head of Innovation at Momentum Mental Healthcare. Worked on prevention models and expanding care outside of the clinics.  As a top-tier management consultant, helped health and tech clients on four continents.

Jesper Algren
Head of Center for
Innovation in Aarhus

Jesper is leading the cross organizational innovation in the City of Aarhus. He focuses on heightening the innovation capacity within the organization, to foster new solutions and business models that can help solve the large societal challenges. Jesper holds a Master in Information Technology and an executive education from Harvard Business School, focused on tech entrepreneurship, Business development and strategy.

Category: Frontline
Radiobotics x Bispebjerg Hospital
Category: Cross-Sector
Enversion A/S x Regionshospitalet Horsens
Category: Back-End
Khora Virtual Reality x Rigshospitalet Hovedstaden
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Health Tech Hub Copenhagen is the birthplace of the Health Tech Implementation Awards. This impactful annual award highlights the crucial partnerships needed for health tech adoption. We bring the hidden adoption heroes into the spotlight. The bold, the perseverant, those making health tech work on the floors of the healthcare system. The people willing to enable health innovation through implementation of health tech solutions.
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  • Head of Clinical Impact
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