IMSS looks to Innovation Olympics to improve patient care

IMSS will take advantage of the talent of its 430,000 workers to develop several innovative projects to improve patient care.

March 30, 2017
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“The talent of the people employed with the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) is our greatest capital,” said José de Jesús Arriaga Dávila, Director of Medical Benefits of the IMSS, arguing that the Innovation Olympics will be the ideal place to achieve that goal.

It is a competition to facilitate opportunities for workers, in order to exchange ideas and experiences to create technologies that are capable of facing the challenges in the care of patients.

Innovation leaders from various universities, hospitals and companies from Mexico and other countries will share their knowledge over the next two days at the Banamex Center facilities.

“In this way, we will strengthen the culture of innovation within the institution,” said the official, who pointed out that proposals should be focused on generating improvements and opportunities for access and security or eliminate deficiencies in services.

He considered that there are several opportunities in Social Security to make processes more efficient, reduce costs and increase worker productivity and patient satisfaction.

Arriaga Dávila said that the ideas can range from basic topics of self-care to the development of applications to know the health status of people and models that facilitate remote diagnostics.

With this, he insisted, IMSS will identify and support those technological developments that are winners in the categories of technology and health education and, in turn, will be implement the programs at the national level.

He pointed out that workers will be able to train teams of up to five people, both from the medical institution and from the Universities Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and Autónoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) and the Technological and Higher Education Institutes of Monterrey (ITESM) Technological Autonomous of Mexico (ITAM) and National Polytechnic (IPN), among other institutions.

The finalist projects will be announced next August after concluding the three phases, adding that the bi-national incubation process will also be held in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and other ecosystems in the United States.

“This whole issue, which we have been working with IMSS Digital strategy, is very beneficial to the patient’s experience. Today we want innovation, at least with these aspects, to go directly to your experience,” he added.





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