DHI sign international collaboration partnership with the Spanish Federation of Healthcare Technology Companies

28 April 2021

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) has established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a new international collaboration partner, Federación Española de Empresas de Tecnología Sanitaria (Fenin).

The purpose of the MoU is to identify, develop and deliver innovation in digital health and care for both partners, their respective networks and countries (Scotland and Spain).

The focus is to develop a common framework to boost digital health and care ecosystems where Industry, R+D+I Institutes and Health Care Services from both countries would collaborate to promote not only a better and more mature adoption of Smart Health Technologies but also formulate new methods of knowledge co-creation, innovation and cross-border entrepreneurship. 

Scotland’s Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster has been identified as an ideal starting point. With our populations growing, and living longer, we often find them having more than one long-term medical condition to manage. Scotland has a powerful collaboration of shared strategic interests and common endeavour to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in ageing. It would be excellent to learn from Fenin’s experience and see what opportunities could present for Spanish and Scottish businesses to contribute to this agenda.

The DHI look forward to strengthening our relationship with Fenin and our Spanish counterparts to increase innovation opportunities and cross-border entrepreneurship.

Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, said:

“We welcome this collaboration Fenin. As the world moves forward with both the remobilisation of health and care services and economic recovery post Covid-19, there has never been a greater need for collaboration and knowledge exchange”.

Margarita Alfonsel, General Secretary of Federación Española de Empresas de Tecnología Sanitaria (Fenin), said:

“We are particularly pleased with this partnership with DHI as it will make it possible to synergistically explore great opportunities in both countries. Undoubtedly, this stable framework will allow us to share information, experience and knowledge to jointly promote Smart Health activities”.

About DHI

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is a national resource and Innovation Centre funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council.  We are a collaboration between the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde (our host institution).  

Our focus is innovation in digital health and care will help the people of Scotland live longer, healthier lives, while providing sustainable and inclusive growth for our economy.  

We collaborate, co-design and transform great ideas into real solutions that have benefits to the system and our citizens.  

We provide engagement; facilitation; project management; and service, business, technical innovation to increase individual and organisation readiness to harness digital innovation for impactful results.

Visit our website (www.dhi-scotland.com) to join our network.  Follow @dhiscotland on Twitter and LinkedIn.

For more information contact Grant Reilly, Head of Communications & Marketing

About Fenin

The Spanish Federation of Healthcare Technology Companies (Fenin), was founded in 1977, set up as an umbrella organization for Spanish companies operating in this sector, coordinating and defending their interests and representing them in their dealings with the authorities at Autonomous Community, national and European levels.

Fenin is an intersectoral federation which brings together manufacturing companies and

associations, importers and distributers of healthcare technologies and devices, and all of them are suppliers to healthcare institutions in Spain.

For more information, contact:

Manoli Domínguez, Head of Reputation and Corporate Communications.

Ruth Ruiz, Head of External and Media Relations.

Marga Sopena, Communications Manager, Relations with Associates, NGO’s, Patients and SRC.

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