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July 2014

#70

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The Catalonia Health Technology Cluster is now reality

A firm wager on health ICTs in Catalonia. In late June, the Healthcare technology Cluster was constituted with the support of the Government of Catalonia through ACCIÓ, the agency specialised in fostering innovation and business internationalisation. The main aim is to promote competitiveness in this sector’s value chain. In fact in Catalonia health technologies now add up more than 300 companies and agents, a joint turnover of 3,600 million euros and nearly 15,000 workers.

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The tender process of the European DECIPHER project opens until 25 August

On the past 25 June, the tender period opened on a process of public commercial purchase with a value of 900 thousand euros to find technological solutions for the DECIPHER project. The aim of this project is to develop technological solutions to facilitate healthcare for citizens travelling to other countries of the European Union.

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18 keys to success in implementing telemedicine

As part of the Athens eHealth Week, the Momentum platform, an open network of experts in telemedicine of more than twenty organisations from around Europe, has presented a list of 18 critical success factors identified in implementing telemedicine in healthcare. This list, which will now be submitted to public consultation, has been drawn up in conjunction with the Fundació TicSalut as the entity responsible for the technological category.

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An e-book to see TicSalut’s mission in the social healthcare sector

The new publication from the Fundació TicSalut can now be seen on the Web; a 20-page document with the title “Technology, innovation and attention to social healthcare.” You will find updated details on the promotion of ICTs in the Catalan health system reflected in the latest Map of Tendencies, and also on the Strategic Plan 2013-2017, the Advisory Councils and all of the activities and initiatives started up by the foundation.

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Interview

General Manager of Avinent, a technology supplier for the medical-dental sector

Interview with Albert Giralt, president of the Catalonia Health Technology Cluster

A graduate in Economy (UAB) and in Company Administration and Management (University of Ottawa - Canada), with a postgraduate in International Studies with the CIDOB foundation and a master’s degree in European Economy with the European School in Bruges (Belgian). As managing director of Avinent, a technology supplier for the medical-dental sector with its head offices in Santpedor, Albert Giralt has enabled more than 120,000 patients to have one of the dental implants designed and made in the Bages region. Now Giralt is facing a new challenge: to strengthen the competitiveness of Catalan companies through this new cluster with the firm will to promote innovation and internationalisation. 

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