The IDIS Foundation Innovation Conference, which is held annually with the collaboration of Farmaindustria and Fenin, was on this occasion entitled “Keys to the new health system” and took place at the Almagro Campus of Camilo José Cela University.
During the day, very relevant contributions were made for the global improvement of the health system based on three areas of special interest: optimisation of management, promotion of biomedical research and innovation in health technology.
This event has allowed us to draw lines of action for the present and for the future of our digital age.
The welcome presentation featured speeches by Nieves Segovia, President of SEK Education Group; Mª Luz López-Carrasco, president of FENIN; Juan López Belmonte, President of Farmaindustria and Juan Abarca, President of the IDIS Foundation. The event was hosted by Fernando Mugarza, Director of Corporate Development and Communication.
“It is a privilege to have on our campus recognised experts and specialists in biomedical research, technology and the pharmaceutical industry to jointly address possible solutions to current problems in the health system,” said the SEK president. “It is another opportunity for us to show how in tune we are to the needs of healthcare, a subject that is given great importance in our classrooms and that we will soon expand to offer new options for specialisation”.
Marta Villanueva, General Director of the IDIS Foundation, gave a presentation on the digital age in healthcare. Taking part in the debate entitled “biomedical research, lever for health and competitiveness in Spain” were Humberto Harness, CEO of Farmaindustria; Jesus Garcia-Foncillas director of the UAM-Merck Chair in Individualised Molecular Medicine and director of the Oncology department of the “Fundación Jiménez Díaz” University Hospital – Autonomous University of Madrid; Angel Carracedo, coordinator of the Genomic Medicine Group of the University of Santiago de Compostela and Begonya Nafría, patient engagement in research area of the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute.
On the panel entitled “innovation in health technology as a model of economic development for the country and for the sustainability of the health system” were Margarita Alfonsel, general secretary of Fenin; María Vila, vice president of Medtronic Spain and Portugal; María Elena Hernando, professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Lluis Blanck director of the Parc Taulí Research and Innovation Institute-I3PT and coordinator of the ITEMAS-ISCIII Platform. The closing of the day was carried out by Angel de Benito, Secretary General of the IDIS Foundation.