• The Digital Health Commission, created recently, will be the body in charge of regulating the participation of the Cluster partners in this project.
  • David Pérez will be the president of this Commission established at the request of the members of Tera

Santander, September 28, 2023. The Tera Cluster has established a Digital Health Commission whose main purpose will be to promote and promote collaborative projects in the digital transformation of the health sector. The first action of this body will be the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Marqués de Valdecilla Health Research Institute (IDIVAL) to technologically exploit the data of the Cantabria Cohort project. Likewise, among its most immediate objectives is to enhance the specialization of the region’s ICT fabric in the skills necessary to address digital health projects.

David Pérez, director of Business Development at Viacore IT, and Luis Rosado, manager of Green Code, lead this department whose governance is completed by six members held by the companies Acorde, Netboss, Deduce Data Solutions, Ámbar Telecomunicaciones, Meentum and management. of the Cluster.

Created at the request of Tera’s own associates, the Digital Health Commission aims to take advantage of all the business opportunities that exist around this field of activity. Cantabria has a mature healthcare ecosystem, with a wide network of healthcare centers led by a reference hospital such as Valdecilla. Likewise, Health and Wellbeing are part of the priority action ecosystems included in the RIS3CANTABRIA Innovation Strategy and there is a powerful higher education network in which practically all degrees in ICT and Health Sciences are covered.

With this context and a noticeably aging population of approximately 600,000 inhabitants, Cantabria represents an ideal environment for the piloting and development of technological innovation projects linked to health and healthy aging. In this sense, a greater presence of ICT solutions within the system will allow significant progress in fields such as the design of personalized treatments or the technological application to improve diagnoses.

Aspects such as placing the patient at the center of decision-making or parameterizing, managing and exploiting the thousands of data produced within the sector are critical to being able to provide more value at the lowest possible cost. In this sense, the high capabilities of Cantabria’s technology companies combined with their experience in the development of large projects make the members of Tera the perfect ally to speed up the digital transformation of the regional health system, increase its efficiency and guarantee its sustainability in the medium and long term.

Within this context, the collaboration agreement that the Commission will sign with IDIVAL will establish the general framework to regulate cooperation between the companies of the Cluster and the Valdecilla Health Research Institute. The most immediate action will have as its goal the management and exploitation of data from the COHORTE Cantabria project, in which 50,000 people from the region participate.

The application of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques on the enormous volume of information will generate a library of structured data that will constitute important strategic capital for health research and innovation in Cantabria over the coming decades.

Likewise, the Digital Health Commission will promote different meetings with public sector leaders in the fields of health and social services. In this way, a two-way communication channel will be established in which the Administration will be able to present its challenges to companies and they will have the opportunity to offer the solutions they consider most appropriate. Likewise, regional, national and international innovation initiatives will be monitored and analyzed in the fields of health and social health, in order to keep Tera’s associates promptly informed.