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We all create the future together

21 enero, 2020 • By

The future belongs to the brave. Ronald Reagan said this phrase, so frequently repeated by coaching experts, to the North Americans after the Challenger tragedy in 1986. His message was clear: We can never give up, we must always be looking forwards, work hard, get up after every fall, keep moving and never stay still. It is difficult, but of course, if you have help, it is easier.

This help is the great value contributed to society by Lanzadera and, if you allow me, the companies that form part of its Corporate program, in order to boost innovative projects in various sectors: from health to aerospace engineering, including nutrition and logistics. Ribera Salud has already started two work with two teams of young entrepreneurs who have been selected from among the Lanzadera experts and our technology subsidiary, Futurs, for their initiatives to revolutionise and improve healthcare for citizens. This is based on an app, Serenmind, to facilitate self-guided psychological treatment, with monitoring by a professional for all citizens; and a platform, HumanItCare, to gather, organise and analyse the information of people with chronic diseases in order to improve their quality of life and their health results.

When we were invited to participate in the Corporate program by Lanzadera, we immediately noticed that their philosophy perfectly fit in with the mission, vision and values of Ribera Salud. We have a responsibility to the society that we serve. The possibility of participating in the selection of innovative projects in the health sector and of helping the creators to develop them in our hospitals allows us, once again, to stay one step ahead of society’s needs, which are always changing and increasingly demanding.

At the same time, this has allowed us to directly interact with an eco-system around innovation and entrepreneurship that the businessman Juan Roig has highlighted, once again giving a first-hand example of the importance of bravery in the business world and in life. And we have found so many brave people throughout the difficult process of choosing between the dozens of projects presented, just in the health sector! From here, I would like to congratulate all of you and encourage you to keep working hard to meet your goals.

For Ribera Salud, without a doubt, this experience has been an incentive to grow better every day and to offer maximum quality healthcare. We are proud to participate alongside great companies such as Airbus, Mercadona and Facsa in a project for business support for young entrepreneurs that will help them to develop their projects here, in Spain. We are all firmly focused on boosting, attracting and retaining talent in our country in order to offer the best service for our citizens. With this support for innovative initiatives, we give back to society part of the trust that we have received from it. We are connected by one single goal: to help to build a better future for the society we serve.

The various public administrations ought to observe Lanzadera as an example to be followed, as well as the firm focus of Juan Roig to consolidate a genuine entrepreneurial “hub” in the city of Valencia, the province of Valencia and all over Spain, starting with the creation of the EDEM University, continuing with the Lanzadera projects and culminating with Angels Capital, the society used to invest in these entrepreneurial leaders. So, yes. The companies participating in the Corporate program by Lanzadera are also contributing our grain of sand so that new entrepreneurial initiatives can come to light and be successful, because they contribute towards improving our activity while always providing better results for our citizens.

At Ribera Salud, good health results alone are not enough, given that nowadays we are working with very high standards and models, always aiming to improve healthcare for our citizens. Professionalism, integrity, passion, innovation and responsible and sustainable health management are in our DNA, based on the 5 P’s that we apply to the medicine that we practice: preventive, predictive, personalised, participative and population-based.

The future is now and we are building it with hard work, effort and passion.


Alberto de Rosa, Opinión

El futuro lo creamos entre todos

20 enero, 2020 • By

El futuro es de los valientes. Esta frase, tan repetida desde hace unos años por expertos en coaching, se la dijo Ronald Reagan a los norteamericanos tras la tragedia del Challenger en 1986. Su mensaje era claro: No hay que rendirse nunca, hay que mirar  siempre hacia delante, trabajar duro, levantarse después de cada tropiezo, avanzar y no quedarse estancado. Cuesta, pero está claro que si te ayudan, es más fácil.

Y esa ayuda es el gran valor que hoy en día aportan a la sociedad Lanzadera y, permítanme, las empresas que participamos en su programa Corporate, para impulsar proyectos innovadores en diferentes sectores: desde Sanidad hasta ingeniería aeroespacial, pasando por Alimentación y logística. Ribera Salud ha empezado a trabajar ya con los dos equipos de jóvenes emprendedores que han sido seleccionados, entre los expertos de Lanzadera y los de nuestra filial tecnológica, Futurs, por sus iniciativas para revolucionar y mejorar la asistencia sanitaria de los ciudadanos. Se trata de una aplicación, Serenmind, para facilitar tratamiento psicológico autoguiado, con el seguimiento de un profesional a todos los ciudadanos; y una plataforma, HumanItCare, para recopilar, ordenar y analizar la información de enfermos crónicos para mejorar su calidad de vida y sus resultados de salud.

Cuando nos invitaron a participar en el programa Corporate de Lanzadera, enseguida nos dimos cuenta de que su filosofía encajaba perfectamente con la misión, la visión y los valores de Ribera Salud. Tenemos una responsabilidad con la sociedad a la que servimos. Y la posibilidad de participar en la selección de proyectos innovadores en el ámbito de la Sanidad y ayudar a sus creadores a desarrollarlos en nuestros hospitales nos permite, una vez más, ir un paso por delante de las necesidades de la sociedad, siempre cambiante y con un nivel de exigencia cada vez más alto.

Al mismo tiempo, nos ha posibilitado interactuar directamente con un ecosistema alrededor de la innovación y el emprendedurismo que el empresario Juan Roig ha puesto en valor, dando ejemplo una vez más en primera persona, de la importancia de la valentía en el mundo empresarial, como en la vida. ¡Y cuántos valientes hemos encontrado en el duro proceso de selección entre las decenas de proyectos presentados, solo en Sanidad! A todos os doy desde aquí la enhorabuena y os animo a seguir trabajando duro para conseguir vuestra meta.

Para Ribera Salud, sin duda, esta experiencia es un incentivo para ser cada día mejores y ofrecer una atención sanitaria de la máxima calidad. Es un orgullo participar junto a grandes empresas como Airbus, Mercadona y Facsa en un proyecto de apoyo empresarial a jóvenes emprendedores que les ayuda a desarrollar sus proyectos aquí, en España. Todos apostamos firmemente por potenciar, atraer y retener el talento en nuestro país para ofrecer un mejor servicio a los ciudadanos. Con este apoyo a iniciativas innovadoras, devolvemos en parte a la sociedad lo que ella nos da con su confianza. Nos une un solo propósito: ayudar a construir un futuro mejor para la sociedad a la que servimos.

Desde las diferentes administraciones públicas se debería tomar ejemplo de Lanzadera y de la firme apuesta de Juan Roig por consolidar en Valencia, en la Comunidad Valenciana y en España un auténtico “hub” emprendedor, que comienza con la formación en la universidad EDEM, continúa con la aceleradora de proyectos Lanzadera y culmina con Angels Capital, la sociedad con la que invierte en esos líderes emprendedores. Y, sí. Las empresas que participamos en el programa Corporate de Lanzadera también aportamos nuestro granito de arena para que nuevas iniciativas empresariales vean la luz y tengan éxito, porque contribuyen a mejorar nuestra actividad pero esta mejora redunda siempre en los ciudadanos.

En Ribera Salud no nos conformamos con los buenos resultados de salud que ya hoy da nuestro modelo y trabajamos con el listón muy alto, pensando siempre en mejorar la atención sanitaria a los ciudadanos. En nuestro ADN está la profesionalidad, la integridad, la pasión, la innovación y la gestión responsable y sostenible de la Sanidad, basada en las 5 P’s que aplicamos a la Medicina que practicamos: preventiva, predictiva, personalizada, participativa y poblacional.

El futuro es hoy y se construye con trabajo, esfuerzo e ilusión.


English

Condemned to wait?

2 enero, 2020 • By

The year is ending with the worst waiting lists in the recent history of Spain. The Ministry of Health has published this information by autonomous communities on September 30th and the balance is shocking. The average waiting time on a national scale has moved from 93 to 115 days in just one year. This is to say, patients have to wait almost a month longer to be operated than they did in 2018.

It is true that this is a situation we have been experiencing for many years in the public system. Too many years. It is a genuine curse, meaning that the Spanish health system is not effective and is causing serious harm to its citizens, who ought to be the focus of the system and yet feel like they are victims of it.

More than half a million Spaniards (671,494 in June) will spend this Christmas waiting for a surgical intervention that, on average, will be delayed by almost four months. Some people wait a year.

I worry that, if after a fifth of the 21st century we still have the worst waiting lists in history, all signs point to this being a structural problem rather than circumstantial.

But as Einstein said: “If you are looking for different results, don’t always do the same”. And that is exactly what our politicians are doing. It is incomprehensible to listen to them talking about solutions as ineffective as paying professionals to attend to patients on the waiting list outside of their usual working hours. Why? Because this measure is outdated, it goes against an efficient management model, it implies an obsolete personnel policy and has been proven to be completely ineffective. When I started to work in the health sector, in 1990, it was already being said that working overtime was not the solution, as the system itself promotes working extra hours, lack of family balance and excessive working hours, with the consequent reduction in safety at work for the professionals. Also, genuine bottlenecks are created because it is only applied to professionals in surgical specialties when others, such as GPs or paediatricians have the same problems with waiting lists.

Another of the measures proposed by the politicians time and time again, as if this were “Groundhog Day”, are the crash plans. There are governments that resist the establishment of stable and efficient overtime in the private sector and apply these types of temporary measures, thinking that this is a circumstantial problem, when that is not the case. The crash plans have also been shown to be inefficient in the long term, as they do not reduce the lists.

So what is the solution? We can’t perform magic, but we must all be brave: The governments, to apply new management formulae in the public system, such as the Ribera Salud model, or at least tools that have been proven efficient such as modern management of human resources; and the private initiative, to innovate and offer the best healthcare to citizens, with long term collaboration formulae with the public administration. Administrations and companies must always place the patient in the centre of the system and motivate and encourage professionals to reach their goals, including quality of care, delay, suitability of facilities, waiting lists, etc.

The waiting lists are a structural problem, and if we want to face the new challenges of the Healthcare Sector with determination, we must get to the bottom of the problem, to the active ingredient of the system, the professionals. We must give them the importance they deserve and rewards that are not only economical but also professional recognition, flexibility and family balance, training and research, as well as variable compensation. It is necessary to align the objectives of the professionals with those of the organisation, to open the services in the morning and in the afternoon and to do away with the rigidity of a public system that resists modernisation of its modus operandi. Also, it is important that we work together on our focus on technology as a tool to facilitate work for professionals and to improve the care and information for patients.

While we continue to apply the same responses to the same problems, the result will not change. The clearest evidence that things can be done differently is the Report by the Court of Auditors of the Generalitat Valenciana, where this advisory board for the Government of Valencia ensures that the waiting list at the Torrevieja hospital is three times shorter than the average in Valencian hospitals.

At Ribera Salud, we are brave. We aren’t perfect, but we always make an effort to improve and to offer the best healthcare. And that, in the end, is truly placing the citizen at the centre of the system and giving importance to the principal asset of the system, the professionals, so that they can lead the process of change.

Given the current time of year, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish a very merry Christmas to all the readers of this blog and a happy New Year.