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Galicia
Ecosystems.
Key Stats
  • Location: North West Spain
  • Population size: 2,8 Million Inhabitants (dispersed), 22,5% population over 65

  • The challenge is transforming our healthcare system from an acute oriented system into a chronical process oriented system
  • Competitive Advantages: Leading Public Procurement of Innovation, One of the most powerful HER Systems in Europe, Dealing with Health Innovation through dedicated teams
 
Key Priorities

The high degree of aging in Galicia and the high degree of geographical population dispersion require specific health care networks and solutions.
In this context, the integration of ICT advanced solutions is essential, because it facilitates work organization around the patient, enhance quality, increase accessibility to services, enabling the provision of new ones and helping to improve efficiency.

The traditional organization of the health system consists of different levels, with little communication among them, with difficulties in order to jointly work, leading the patient to be the one who looks through: the system, various consultations, departments, centres, travel and the duplicity of subsequent testing. This model is being changed in Galicia through the development of management processes, integrated and clinical management around a single informational system, the EMR called IANUS.

The role of the ICT in this new model is critical, because through an integrated information system we are ready to implement continuous care, communication with managers, health professionals and access to high valued added information  for decision making.
Today, in Galicia and thanks to IANUS, electronic medical records and electronic prescriptions are used by all the professionals in the system (100% of coverage). Hospital care and primary care are integrated in IANUS: This full integration of IANUS allows correct use of medication, guarantees patient safety, and provides access to medication and clinical information.

Besides the significant deployment of ICT solutions, we should also highlight other related activities included in SERGAS 2020 Strategy. This document aims the participation and involvement of citizens/patients in the better functioning of the health system. One of our first initiatives intends to promote the Galician Health School for Citizens, as a meeting place and for forum participation. 

Galician Health Ecosystem - General Introduction

The Galician Health Ecosystem is coordinated by Cluster Saúde de Galicia (CSG), a non-profit association whose main objective is the business dynamization of Galicia, contributing to the economic and social development of the region, through cooperation among all institutions and public and private companies related to the health system, by performing innovative projects. The ecosystem network includes members of CSG, Galician Public Healthcare Service Provider, SERGAS, private companies, other health clusters from adjacent areas, patient associations, and health care professionals.

The Galician Health Ecosystem aims to develop the capacity of response to international health challenges and keep an updated knowledge of the health ecosystems worldwide. We envision health as a global market.

 Healthcare System figures

●      2,8 Million Inhabitants (dispersed)

●      14 hospitals

●      c. 500 primary care centers

●      90 emergency centers

●      36.000 healthcare professionals

●      Approximately 7.700 practitioners

●      Budget: c.3.400 Million euros

●      More of 40% of total Galician public budget

●      22,5% population over 65

●      The challenge is transforming our healthcare system from an acute oriented system into a chronical process oriented system.

Competitive Advantages

The high degree of aging in Galicia and the high degree of geographical population dispersion require specific health care networks and solutions.
In this context, the integration of ICT advanced solutions is essential, because it facilitates work organization around the patient, enhance quality, increase accessibility to services, enabling the provision of new ones and helping to improve efficiency.
 
The traditional organization of the health system consists of different levels, with little communication among them, with difficulties in order to jointly work, leading the patient to be the one who looks through: the system, various consultations, departments, centres, travel and the duplicity of subsequent testing. This model is being changed in Galicia through the development of management processes, integrated and clinical management around a single informational system, the EMR called IANUS.
 
The role of the ICT in this new model is critical, because through an integrated information system we are ready to implement continuous care, communication with managers, health professionals and access to high valued added information  for decision making.
Today, in Galicia and thanks to IANUS, electronic medical records and electronic prescriptions are used by all the professionals in the system (100% of coverage). Hospital care and primary care are integrated in IANUS: This full integration of IANUS allows correct use of medication, guarantees patient safety, and provides access to medication and clinical information.
 
IANUS also reduces considerably bureaucratic actions. It provides security because of its ability to set warnings that alert them of possible allergies, treatment incompatibilities and so on. It also offers the possibility to alert colleagues through an alert system, which is connected to the centre’s computer system. IANUS, the Galicia EHR suystem, has been recognized with an honourable award by the EIPonAHA in 2013.
 
Besides the significant deployment of ICT solutions, we should also highlight other related activities included in SERGAS 2020 Strategy. This document aims the participation and involvement of citizens/patients in the better functioning of the health system. One of our first initiatives intends to promote the Galician Health School for Citizens, as a meeting place and for forum participation.
 
The Galician Health Ministry also has a website, www.sergas.es, which approximates itself to the public system, allowing not only to gain an immense amount of information but also to provide new services such as requesting appointments, last wills, access the necessary information to be able to return to work after being dispatched, view their position on the waiting list, all of this increases the transparency of the health administration.

In summary, our main competitive advantages are:


> Leading Pubic Procurement of Innovation

> One of the most powerful HER Systems in Europe

> Dealing with Health Innovation through dedicated teams

Background

On the second half of 2016 the cluster manager of CSG was assigned as curator of the content of the Galician Health Ecosystem page in the ECHAlliance website and as liason in the yearly ecosystems and working group meetings. The annual CSG meeting on November 2016 (#RIES2016) was focused on internationalization and was open to all potencial players of the ecosystem. The opening was held by Galician Health Advisor, Director of projects of the Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN) and the President of the Cluster Saúde de Galicia. Julien Venne, strategic advisor of ECHAlliance, was invited to explain the role and benefits of an Ecosystem to the broader health community and other clusters as well as to present ECHAlliance working groups working on silver economy, mental health and personalised medicine projects. There was also a round table debating the legal, ethical and technical aspects of Big Data & Analytics as part of personalised medicine, a presentation of the public innovation purchase process and updates of European projects with Galician participation such as TITTAN and EIP on AHA. Attendancy and participation made it a big success and the start of the Galician Health Ecosystem working groups.

In this year second edition of #RIES (#RIES2017- https://www.eventbrite.es/e/entradas-ries2017-36799052958) we will continue discussing about challenges and success cases of the ECHAlliance health ecosystems. We will focus on innovation in health and will be presenting the first results of the Interreg Project North Portugal-Galicia, Codigo Mais. A visit to the new experimental hospital area, Living Lab Ourense, will also be included to inform about the different projects started and future collaboration possibilities. As demanded last year, there will be space for networking and exchange of corporate information during the coffee break and lunch.

Perspectives for 2017

The Cluster Saúde de Galicia, CSG is planning and organising a series of actions for 2017 as follow up of #RIES2016. The main objective is to export at least one project from the Galicia Health Ecosystem to be integrated in one of the multidisciplinary working groups from the alliance ecosystems and/or presented at one of their co-organised international meetings. As a mid term objective we intend to identify and promote our own working group from Galicia.

There will be other activities such as: the annual main Galician Health Ecosystem meeting #RIES2017 to be held in September, commercial missions (direct or inverted) and ecosystem attendance in a relevant international meeting of interest for the members. ECHAlliance Connector will be used as a marketing tool reaching out to potential companies and other stakeholders alerting them of these activities.

The Galician Health Ecosystem members are stakeholders in several European projects that could be of interest for other ecosystems:

> TITTAN Project

> empattics

> CodigoMais
 
View Galician Health Ecosystem Presentation here

Besides the significant deployment of ICT solutions, we should also highlight other related activities included in SERGAS 2020 Strategy. This document aims the participation and involvement of citizens/patients in the better functioning of the health system. One of our first initiatives intends to promote the Galician Health School for Citizens, as a meeting place and for forum participation. 

Key People
  • Gisela Garcia-Alvarez

    Ecosystem Coordinator