“Health technology is the protagonist of health care”

“Health technology is the protagonist of health care. These teams play an essential role that allows prevent, diagnose and treat diseases. Health technology saves lives and recovers their quality”. daisy alfonselgeneral secretary of the Spanish Federation of Health Technology Companies (Fenin), at the Technology and Health Awards, which celebrate their XIV anniversary. bj

“We are all potential users of our healthcare system. These awards are created to recognize the work of institutions that value the contribution of health technology, advance in quality and foster medical innovation“Alfonsel explained.

Margarita Alfonsel, general secretary of Fenin.

For his part, Silvia CalzonSecretary of State for Health, has stressed that the health technology goes beyond the equipment: “They are medicines, clinical procedures and systems organization”. Along the same lines, he stated that these awards serve to “give importance to researchinnovation and clinical practice”. “All the awarded initiatives are aimed at respond to the needss of the population’s health,” he said.

In addition, during his speech he mentioned the two main challenges related to health technology that the system faces. On one hand, the sustainable incorporation of new technology; and on the other hand, the necessary renovation to avoid the equipment obsolescence. To achieve these purposes, Fenin will continue being an “ally” of the administration.

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Silvia Calzón, General Secretary of Health of the Government of Spain.

15 years of the Technology and Health Foundation

In fact, in this act it was also recalled that the Fenin Technology and Health Foundation turns 15 For this reason, the work of Javier Colas, first president of the organization from 2007 to 2014; Y Jose Luis Gomezwho held the same position from 2014 to 2020.

“The foundation was born with the aim of connect technology and society because of the importance that the health care“, Colás has indicated. Among their lines of action, they have also been: be an active part of the National Health System (SNS), share a common vision with the rest of the health actors, boost training and cohesive research.

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Margarita Alfonsel and Javier Colás, first president of the Fenin Technology and Health Foundation.

However, there are currently many important challenges that have to do above all with the growth of demand. “By 2030, the demand will increase by 90 percent due to the aging of the population and chronicity“, Colás specified. All this will put the health teams to the test, which must find efficiency taking advantage of digitization.

Other of the long-term objectives that Colás has set are change purchasing modelspaying attention to the environmental impact and providing a greater role for professionals healthcare in technology management.


Fernando Bandrés, president of the Fenin Technology and Health Foundation: “Health technology is present to cure and care”


For his part, Fernando Bandresthe current president of the foundation, has highlighted that these 15 yearss show the result of “a permanent job”. “It has been built as a credible, mature project, consolidated and full of sense. technology is the water from our fish tank existential”, he assured.

Along the same lines, Bandrés has pointed out that, at present, we are immersed in a “Transformation proccess” that is happening at an “unsuspected” speed. “Health technology is present to heal and care and we still have a lot to do”, he stated.

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Fernando Bandrés, president of the Technology and Health Foundation.

Technology and Health Awards 2022

During this act, the numerous institutions for “making visible the value and social contribution of health technology”. These have been the winners in this edition:

– Recognition of the Technology and Health Foundation 2022: Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela (IDIS).

– Best Patient Support Organization: Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation.

– Best Health Education and Prevention program promoted by an autonomous community: Andalusian School of Patients.

– Best home care program for chronic patients promoted by an autonomous community: “Galician Home Hospitalization Plan 2019-2023 (HADO)”

– Best technological innovation in health promoted by autonomous community: “inDemand Project” of the Region of Murcia.

– Award for Sanitary Technological Innovation: Mercè Boada Rovira, neurologist.

– Entrepreneurship Award: Startup Infinity.

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Margarita Alfonsel; Silvia Calzon; María Vila, president of Fenin; and Fernando Bandres.

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Maria Vila and Silvia Calzón.

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Julio de la Rosa, Director of Institutional Relations and Market Access at Air Liquide Healthcare; and José María Pino, president-editor of Redacción Médica.

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Fernando Bandres; María Luz López-Carrasco, General Manager at Abbott and former president of Fenin; Maria Villa; Silvia Calzon; Margarita Alfonsel; and Mayda López-Belmonte, vice president of the Foundation.

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Francisco de Paula, Director of Strategy at Medtronic; Maria Villa; and Marta Alonso, Regulatory & Quality Iberia Manager at Medtronic.

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José María Pino and Manuel Vilches, Johnson & Johnson Medical and Institutional Relations Director.

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Silvia Calzón chats with Margarita Alfonsel.

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Pablo Crespo, Chief Operating Officer of Fenin; and Juan Carlos Gallego Sánchez, senior director of Global Marketing Services at Indas-Attindas.

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Carlos Atienza, director of the IMB Health Market Area; and Faustino Blanco, director of the Foundation for Research and Biosanitary Innovation of the Principality of Asturias (Finba).

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Pedro Villaroel, Head of Emergencies at the Hospital Clínico de Madrid; Fernando Bandres; and Margarita Alfonsel.

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César Gutiérrez, head of the Depuy Synthes Robotics Division of Johnson & Johnson; Carole Nyer, director in Spain of Depuy Synthes of Johnson & Johnson; Mayda Lopez-Belmonte; Belén Cerrillo, Business Quality Senior Manager at Johnson & Johnson; Manuel Vilches; and Alberto Fernández, Digital Surgery & Capital Equipment Business Development Manager at Johnson & Johnson.

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Pilar Navarro, director of Fenin Projects; Carlos Cisternas, president of Fenin Catalonia; Jorge Huertas, vice president of Fenin; and Antonio Ojeda, president of the Spanish Society of Electromedicine and Clinical Engineering (Seeic).

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Piedad Navarro, Director of Institutional Relations at Air Liquide; and Julio Mayol, medical director of the San Carlos Clinical Hospital.

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Elena Mateo, financial director of Fenin; Concha Toribio, Coordinator of Analysis and Studies at Fenin; Maria Luz Lopez-Carrasco; Isabel Dávila, executive director of Fenin; Carmen Aláez, assistant to the general secretary of Fenin; and Margarita Sopena, communication from Fenin.

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Belén Cerrillo, Carole Nyer, María Vila, Margarita Alfonsel, Manuel Vilches, Mayda López-Belmonte and María Luz López-Carrasco.

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Silvia Calzón and María Luz Couce, scientific director of the Santiago de Compostela Health Research Institute (IDIS).

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Silvia Calzón and the award-winning Mercè Boada, neurologist and founder of the Alzheimer Center of Barcelona (ACE).

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Margarita Alfonsel, Silvia Calzón, María Vila, Fernando Bandrés and representatives of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation.

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Silvia Calzón and Blanca Fernández Capel, managing director of the Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP).

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Silvia Calzón and representatives of the Galician Health Service (Sergas).

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Silvia Calzón and representatives of the Murcian Health Service.

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Silvia Calzón and Rubén Molina, CEO of Innitius.

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View of the room during the Technology and Health Awards ceremony organized by Fenin.

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“Health technology is the protagonist of health care”