Palacio Miramar in Donostia – San Sebastián hosted the last edition of the congress on 12 and 13 September 2019.

The “Digital Health: Challenges for progress” congress organised by Osakidetza and the UPV/EHU Summer Courses included the participation of the Health Minister, Nekane Murga, who gave the inaugural speech. The central themes of the congress were people care, the revolution of data and the opportunity to process medical images. Another of the issues tackled was digital transformation as a necessity, but also as an opportunity. The importance of working in the same direction was highlighted, this way we can all advance towards value-based healthcare, which is also efficient and sustainable.

Health professionals, managers, technological companies, universities, researchers and patients gathered once more to share, learn and generate knowledge networks. The ultimate goal is to inspire new projects that are useful for society at large.

At a space reserved for dissemination, Kronikgune and Osakidetza had the chance to present the C3-Cloud and Scirocco Exchange European projects.

C3-Cloud (, is a ground-breaking European project that proposes an integrated healthcare model. Its goal is to improve the care of multimorbid patients via personalised healthcare plans. Osakidetza showcased the two platforms developed during the project: C3DP platform integrated within the electronic medical records of the patient and managed by a multidisciplinary team, and the Patient Empowerment platform that facilitates the participation of the patient and their caregivers, which can be accessed through the Health Dossier. They also presented the interoperability of the C3-Cloud and Osakidetza systems addressing the technical (information exchange protocols), structural (translation of forms) and semantic matters (correlation map between concepts and their codes), as well as its privacy and security features. The Basque Country is one of three pilot regions along with South Warwickshire (United Kingdom) and the region of Jämtland Härjedalen (Sweden). Here, participants will evaluate the acceptability, usefulness, satisfaction, and user-friendliness of the C3-Cloud System.

Furthermore, Kronikgune presented the Scirocco Exchange project and the Knowledge Management Node (NGC in Spanish) which will be developed with the project. NGC is a tool that integrates the existing resources to support the development of integrated care (strategies, policies, good practices, guides, etc.). The goal is to help improve the design and implementation of integrated care in the regions, through the design of personalised solutions. It will also facilitate an efficient exchange of knowledge between healthcare systems. Experts in integrated care from each of the regions participating in Scirocco Exchange will be responsible for identifying the resources. The project also considers a revision of the literature on integrated care. NGC will contain all the resources identified in both processes and will design customised solutions to improve the integrated care of a given system.

Learn more about all that happened at the congress here: