The Health Innovation Network of the counties of Girona was launched this morning with a conference at the Auditori Josep Irla of the Generalitat de Catalunya in Girona with nearly 100 participants. The collaborative platform has been created by all the health and social entities in the counties of Girona interested in the consolidation and expansion of medical-health and social R&D&I and technologies applied to these fields. The Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI) is a member of this new network. The platform was presented today with the aim of creating a common space for research, development and innovation interests in order to jointly carry out activities to support R&D&I projects and knowledge transfer.
The conference was inaugurated by Miquel Carreras, manager of the Girona Health Region, and Eva Palau, Girona City Council's acting councillor for health. During his speech, Carreras defended the Innovation Network as a "space for collaboration and the creation of innovative solutions in the field of health, with a single common objective: to improve the health care of the population". He also stressed the importance of research and investigation and that all the knowledge generated "should be translated into clinical applications that provide health benefits".
Palau stressed the close link between technology and healthcare, as well as the collaboration between the health, social, research and business spheres to continue progressing in health innovation and "move towards a Girona healthcare system of very high quality".
In the first part of the conference, Neus Domènech, the innovation leader at the Fundació Hospital d'Olot i Comarcal de la Garrotxa (FHOCG) and the person who has led this initiative, presented the objectives, the main lines of work and the possibilities for collaboration of the Network and revealed the corporate image that it will have.
This was followed by a round table moderated by the head of Innovation at IDIBGI, Marc Serra, which discussed innovation as a key factor in the sustainability of the health system. Participants included representatives from different companies such as Smart Lollipop, BAGI, the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute and GoodGut from HIPRA, a spin-off of the Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI) and the University of Girona.
The second round table focused on the innovative experiences of the Network's member organisations, both in terms of healthcare and general services. The main topics discussed were: 3D splints with representatives from the FHOCG and IAS-ICS Girona, artificial intelligence applied to food processes by the Empordà Health Foundation and Emporhotel and SSIBE, the online care model with the Network's private healthcare centres -Clínica Girona and Clínica Bofill-, and finally the BC Sentinel - the Catalan WhatsApp between professionals and patients, explained by the PADES team of the Maresme and La Selva Health Corporation.
Finally, the closing speech was given by Josep Maria Padrosa, managing director of the Olot and Garrotxa Regional Hospital Foundation, and Xavier Burjons, head of unit of the Transversal Unit of the Girona Health Region, who closed the event.
Thirteen organisations currently make up the network: the Olot and Garrotxa Regional Hospital Foundation, the Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI), the Institute of Health Care (IAS), the Dr. Josep Trueta University Hospital of Girona, the Dr. Josep Trueta University Hospital of Girona, the Olot and Garrotxa Regional Hospital Foundation and the Dr. Josep Trueta University Hospital of Girona. Josep Trueta University Hospital in Girona, the Catalan Health Institute (ICS), the Palamós Hospital Foundation - Baix Empordà Integrated Health Services, the Campdevànol Hospital Foundation, the Maresme and Selva Health Corporation, the Empordà Health Foundation, Clínica de Girona SA, Clínica Bofill SL, Albera Salut SLP and the University of Girona, with the institutional support of the Girona Health Region.