The agreement draws on the two companies’ health sector expertise to deliver Digital Hospital solutions worldwide, with particular emphasis on the Latin America market.
Telefónica Business Solutions, a major provider of wide ranging integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, and Indra, a market leader in information and integrated systems for customers around the world, have signed a global agreement to rollout major integrated digital health projects in hospitals and the healthcare field.
The partnership, which will initially last two years, has been signed by Juan Carlos López Vives, CEO of Telefónica Business Solutions, Cristina Ruiz, Indra Digital’s General Director of Information Technology and Antonio Martos, Global Director of Health of Indra. Its aim is to bring together the health sector experience of both companies to provide the global market with digital hospital solutions. The two companies will jointly provide their IT capabilities and eHealth solutions with particular focus in Latin America.
The digitisation and modernisation of healthcare networks in both the public and private sectors is one of the main areas of transformation faced by healthcare providers throughout the world. The healthcare industry is moving towards a model which guarantees their sustainability from traditional processes; based on more collaborative and connected systems, with infrastructures which allow greater internal efficiency and provide patients and users with greater accessibility to health services.
The concept of the hospital is no longer limited to a physical building. Digital transformation goes beyond walls, enabling new models of the doctor-patient relationships based on remote monitoring and virtual visits, thereby extending care to the home and democratising access to health – of particular value in regions such as Latin America.
Since May 2012 the two companies have collaborated on a monitoring service for chronic patients, a Telefónica-led initiative, with the following ongoing important projects:
- iCOR Project, for remote monitoring of patients with heart failure at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona
- Telemác Project, for monitoring of patients with COPD, diabetes and hypertension at the Catalan Health Institute
- Valcronic Program, to improve the care of chronic patients in the Valencian Community
- Hogar Digital Asistencial (Digital Home Care), a platform for the care of patients with chronic conditions run by the Regional Government of Galicia
In this way, Indra and Telefónica aim to extend their scheme to other areas and markets.