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The new healthcare: technological innovation and cooperation

This was defended today by many of the speakers at the “Building a new Health” conference that brought together health professionals and managers, representatives of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health technology sectors, in a meeting organized by the IDIS Foundationin collaboration with Farmindustria i Fein (Spanish Federation of Health Technology Companies) and which took place in Camilo José Cela University.

In this forum it has become clear that we are witnessing an unprecedented digital revolution and technological innovation.

A new era of healthcare marked by technology, knowledge and networking that will bring a more than obvious change to the approach to all parameters related to health, well-being and quality of life.

Like this, Juan Abarca, president of the IDIS Foundation (Institute for the Development and Integration of Health) has pointed out that technological innovation is becoming more important than ever in healthcare and, above all, in medical assistance given that they directly influence the achievement of better healthcare and health outcomes in the which contributes to modulating the growing demand for care and the resulting financial pressure on the system.

“And it is important to highlight all the benefits that its implementation entails, both for the patient and the professional, as well as for the health system itself.”

He also pointed out that private health care is facing the digital transformation in a “more robust” way than the public one, because the latter is “acute to be able to reach the level of marked deficit”, which is causing more and more of a gap between the two health services and for safeguarding patients has argued that a great agreement must be reached.

In his opinion, “the differences in access to healthcare between those who can afford to pay for a private one are increasingly evident, which leads to an “erosion of equity” and the lesson learned from the pandemic focuses on collaboration and cooperation.

New healthcare, technological innovation and cooperation as leverage

On the other hand, Marta Villanueva, general director of the IDIS Foundationexplained that one of the major changes in the healthcare environment has to do with the implementation of continuity of care, for which the systems need to be interoperable, that is to say that a common and unique space can be formed where everyone can come together the citizen’s medical data.

As was highlighted at the conference, today this interoperability does not exist because the patient is not the backbone on which the system is based, there are territorial barriers and there is no connection between care levels.

However, citizens have shown an inclination to be able to receive treatment or undergo tests in public or private healthcare regardless, and that all the data can be known and evaluated by the healthcare professional attending at every moment, as stated by 85.6% of the participants in the Private Health Survey in Spain, carried out by SIGMA DOS for IDIS last June.

In this sense, the impetus for cooperation between private health and public health has been considered essential to promote a more sustainable, synergistic and efficient health and socio-health model (70.2% of the population considered it very necessary , quite necessary or necessary, in the aforementioned survey).

“If we want continuity of care, we need to start with tools that allow us to get there. This is where our Foundation has worked over the last year to shape the Interoperability Project of the digital clinical history, which aims to enable the different healthcare centers to share their reports and the patient’s clinical history, regardless of the place where the medical procedure was performed or the health service provided”.

The benefits of this tool, added Marta Villanueva, are clear, since it avoids duplication and redundancies in diagnostic tests, therefore speeding up the healthcare process, among other aspects.

Villanueva explained that the denominated Project Hermes has just started as a federated clinical history project funded by 15 entities to share clinical data and where the patient requests what is theirs.

It is an interoperability project, which pursues the non-repetition of tests, the reduction of bureaucracy, and facilitates communication between centers and health care and “which is open to interconnection with public health”, for the purpose of a continuity care in which effective care for the patient “is the priority”.

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Revolution in biomedical research

Also the general director of Farmaindústria, Juan Yermohe considered that today there is no need to talk about modern, effective and efficient healthcare without innovation and he emphasized that a real revolution is currently being experienced in the field of biomedical research, which is at the gates of personalized medicine.

Yermo emphasized the role that our country can play in this field:

“Spain has in front of it the opportunity to grow in prominence in this area. Today, for many large pharmaceutical companies, we are the second country, after the United Statesin number of clinical trials”.

In his opinion, this success in clinical drug research “is not the result of chance, but of long years of collaborative work between the Health Administration, hospitals, both public and private, patients and companies pharmaceuticals It is concrete and successful proof of the value of public-private collaboration in the field of health”.

To continue to move forward on this path and make this great leap towards drug innovation
of gene and cell therapies and precision medicine what is needed, he insisted, is to create
the conditions to ensure an adequate transfer of technology and knowledge between
public and private research.

“We need to share more and collaborate better between the public and private sectors, but also dedicate more resources to healthcare and ensure maximum effectiveness in the use of these resources. In the industry we are convinced that all this represents a great opportunity for Spain, which will translate into health benefits for people and also economic growth and more social cohesion for our country”.

New healthcare: the role of technology

Regarding the role of technology in the transformation of healthcare and the healthcare system, Maria Vila, president of Feninhas ensured that innovation is an essential element within the activity developed by the Health Technology sector.

For this reason, he explained, from the Federation we have launched a new industrial innovation pulse strategy, in collaboration with different regional governments.

The objective of this initiative “is the construction of competitive ecosystems based fundamentally on the creation of a high-value productive fabric throughout our geography and on its interconnection with research institutes and technological centers”.

Emilio Lora-Tamayo, rector of Camilo José Cela University has highlighted the commitment of IDIS for its “serene” analysis of the challenges and opportunities offered by the health sector and has highlighted that the common nexus of this forum is the promotion for the improvement of the health system through interoperability, scientific research and the impetus of the industrial fabric.

According to his opinion, “nor there is no efficient development or application of knowledge, if it is not accompanied by quality research”, because this is the biggest guarantee for innovation.

The general secretary of the IDIS Foundation, Angel of Benitoclosed the day by adding that, “health and health outcomes largely depend on the degree of innovation we are able to incorporate into the health system”.

On this day, he said, we heard about the enormous advances in technology and biomedical and biopharmaceutical research, and “our country’s health sector is, without a doubt, one of the most recognized for its scientific and innovative capacity” .

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