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Expert Profile

Patient Safety first

 

With the acquisition of ApHER, the Institute of Applied Economics & Health Research, we’re happy to welcome a number of new co-workers. Today in our series of employee profiles, we introduce you to Simone Møller Hede – now a Project Manager of Pharmacoepidemiology & Real World Evidence at MedEngine.

Simone answers from her new home, a beautiful 100-year-old house on the north side of Copenhagen.

“My boyfriend and I bought this house a little over a year ago. There’s a lot to renovate and I’ve been taking on tasks I never thought I would!”, she laughs.

“I enjoy gardening a lot. It’s nice to have something easy to manage for a change.” No wonder – her job includes handling complex regulatory affairs, such as ensuring attainment of approvals from authorities as well as data collection from large health care registers.

“I enjoy gardening a lot. It’s nice to have something easy to manage for a change.”

Patient safety as a passion

Simone has her bachelor’s degree in Sport Science and a master’s in Public Health. After graduating in 2016 she’s been working for ApHER – and now for MedEngine. Simone has been a member of the Scientific Committee for Cross-sectional Cancer Pharmaceuticals, in the Danish Medicine Council, since 2019.

“I got really interested in research while writing my master’s thesis”, she says. Around the same time, she also discovered The Association for Cancer Patients with Late Effects, where she’s now a board member.

“It was an eye opener for me. The fact that there wasn’t enough emphasis on the help patients needed after a treatment really caught my attention. Once out of the healthcare system, patients were considered healthy and not recognised as in need of help anymore. Now I am closely affiliated with the association, which strives to offer cancer patients the necessary help to obtain a high quality of life after undergoing cancer treatment.”

“It was an eye opener for me. The fact that there wasn’t enough emphasis on the help patients needed after a treatment really caught my attention.” 

Active downtime

In her free time, Simone enjoys the best that maritime Copenhagen has to offer. “I play handball, run, and do water sports – stand up paddle boarding is my place of tranquillity. I’ve also recently taken on upcycling – I like to buy old furniture and refurbish it. Our house was built in 1914, and I’d like the furniture to reflect that.”

Simone’s very much a family person and visits her family weekly. Maybe that’s also why she feels so welcomed in MedEngine. “People are so warm and willing to help – and the management is extra supportive. I hope we can implement the values and working culture here in Denmark as well!”

“People are so warm and willing to help – and the management is extra supportive. I hope we can implement the values and working culture here in Denmark as well!” 

Photography: Andreas Kirkegaard

Klaus Elfving

Klaus Elfving

Klaus Elfving is a Helsinki-based content producer, science communicator, and broadcast journalist.