Issues such as opportunity provided by new technologies in the health fieldthe feasibility of knowledge management in health organizations or the importance of humanizing the user, among others, were the focus of a large part of the 23rd National Congress of Hospitals and Health Management, which has taken place these days in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
All faithful to the motto under which this edition is held, “Managing with people”, which wants to focus on patients, professionals and managers involved in health, and which was attended by some 3,000 professionals related to different areas of the health system to address the future of healthcare management.
In it, the head of the Technical Office of the Catalan Health Institute, Pau López, presented the Digipatics project digitalization of pathological anatomy in the network. A Feder project that, with a budget of 8.5 million euros, covers eight hospitals and represents a revolution for pathologists, for whom a new workstation has been generated with all the integrated images, the information of each sample , the previous history and everything necessary for their work in a single screenshot, with a message system between pathologists and all the trays of what these specialists call glasses, which previously had to be observed manually and can now be accessed online.
Digipatics also incorporates an education platform, an artificial intelligence algorithm, 24 scanners and staff hired for the program. “It will surely be one of the largest networks in Europe in digital pathology,” assured López, who pointed out that “this even changes the relationship with the cancer patient, it is more from you to you, because you can have a screen next to you where you can show everything in detail.”
During the Congress, organized by the Spanish Society of Health Managers (Sedisa), other current issues were also addressed, such as the problems of primary care (PC). «One of the issues that has consumed the most time is the primary, and also the one that has aroused the most interest, and it has emerged after having configured the content of the congress. The attention to patients in PC, the chronicity and fragility of the patients –explains José Soto, president of Sedisa–. They are pathologies that do not require urgent attention and new resources must be articulated. Other issues addressed, in addition to the primary, were the financing of the system “which is a historical and persevering issue and which always generates debate», as well as improving the professionalization of health managers.