Three key takeaways from Health 2.0 Andalusia chapter
We recently held the second chapter of Health2.0 Andalusia in Seville (Spain). This event allowed us to learn about the latest Digital Health developments in Andalusia, both in the public and private sector.
Here are the key take away from this event:
1. Research-based innovation in eHealth. Some high-tech companies, specialized in healthcare, go a step further than the design and development of healthcare products by incorporating a key innovative element: research. Salumedia is a good example. They carry out studies to assess the use and fitness of new technologies as digital solutions to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from different diseases. They also research how to transfer scientific evidence to patients and caregivers using digital tools. They are currently participating in two new European projects in ehealth research: CHESS and SmokeFreeBrain.
2. Involvement of health professionals. There currently are a lot of mobile applications dedicated to healthcare that are not checked by doctors. In this context, two projects were presented, Imentia and Esporti, in which healthcare professionals participate in the design and development of digital solutions, ensuring a safe digital tool for the users. Imentia is an application used to detect possible cognitive diseases and design cognitive training sessions. On the other hand, Esporti is a project aimed at promoting physical activity and healthy behaviours.
3. Public Administration supports Digital Health. The Andalusian Health Ministry, through the Health Quality Agency, is working on various projects, which aim is to ensure access to reliable and safe healthcare applications. Some of their projects are ‘Distintivo AppSaludable’ and ‘mSSPA Project’, a corporate ecosystem of mobile health applications that facilitates the exchange of data between the users and the Andalusia Public Health System.
This new chapter helped us to highlight some of the trends in digital health in Andalucia and get a better idea of the involvement of the different local actors in this new healthcare model.