Interoperability, quality and sustainability: three key aspects of digital transformation guaranteed by the foundation in the INNOBICS-SAHS project

The TIC Salut Social Foundation is one of the nine European organisations participating in the INNOBICS-SAHS project, co-financed by EIT Health and led by the Catalan Health Institute of Girona and the Dr. Josep Trueta Biomedical Research Institute of Girona. The aim of the project is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea at primary care centres.

Jesús Berdún, the INNOBICS-SAHS manager at the foundation, explains the foundation’s key role in the project, “We will identify the points in the care process that can be complemented with technology, ensuring that this new care process supported by technology is interoperable and guarantees a baseline of quality and sustainability both for the health sector and the patient’s environment”.

The project will aid the digital transformation of the diagnostic process through data integration and the creation of a virtual support unit. This will allow primary care to be equipped with tools to improve the healthcare process, and will bring direct benefits for patients.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder and is caused by repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep. It is estimated to affect one in four people between the ages of 30 and 70, and leads to high mortality and morbidity if not treated in time. According to researchers, currently only 10% of cases are diagnosed in specialised hospital units in Spain, which tend to have waiting lists of more than a year. INNOBICS-SAHS has set out to improve its diagnosis by 300%.

More information about the project:

Press release on the start of the project