Pnrr and healthcare: Technological culture as a professional, qualitative and organizational challenge

Over 2000 participants are expected in Riccione from 12 to 15 June for the most important national event in the field of health technologies. Macro themes: Cyber ​​security, Medical apps, dialogue with citizens and clinicians, bioengineering applications, Hta

For years it has been the event par excellence for those involved in healthcare technologies, and this year with a “challenging” title confirms that it is an inevitable event: the XXII National Conference of the Italian Association of Clinical Engineers -Aiic has chosen Riccione as its phase for 2022 and launches a title – Beyond the PNRR: Towards a Technological Culture in Support of Health, 12-15. June, Pala-Riccione – which looks to the future and to the actual return that the plan can provide to the NHS. “We have proposed a 2022 conference with a challenging title because we believe the National Recovery and Resistance Plan represents a historic opportunity for our country,” he said. Umberto Nocco, chairman of the association, ”It is an opportunity that, however, can not be exploited by a sum of independent and uncoordinated project investments. In fact, it is certain that for the healthcare sector, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for Mission 6 focuses on two objectives: strengthening prevention and assistance in the area and modernizing the NHS’s technological equipment. As professionals at the forefront of this sector, we view this push for innovation positively – Nocco continues – but we know that it is not enough to buy or innovate technologies to create effective and useful change: only anchoring and disseminating a true technological culture in management, in the organization, in complex planning and processes, will be able to help our NHS achieve the quality leap that even the pandemic from SarsCoV.2 has shown us to be indispensable today. A new reference platform for the whole system is indispensable, which we call ‘technological culture’, which is able, as a whole, to connect all the elements that constitute the framework for innovation in the health care system. President Aiic emphasizes: “In order to initiate and anchor this technological culture, we must meet stakeholders, policy makers, citizens and, above all, all the professionals working with us in healthcare, and with them all create the basis for a new strategic and organizational phase. and professional for the NHS “. Therefore, it is central to the “challenge” that Aiic launched in Riccione.

So what are they the macro themes of the event Collected by Lorenzo Leogrande (President of the Conference) and Stefano Bergamasco (Chairman of the Scientific Committee)? Here they are: Telemedicine (Telemedicine and ICT for a health system with higher quality and financially sustainable; Project management in the organization of telemedicine services); Pnrr-e technological investments in healthcare (major technologies: is this really what our country needed? Obsolete machinery and investment plan; Reliable priority indices; Evaluation of the real quality of the equipment in the procurement processes); Regulatory MDR and IVDR (pre- and post-market clinical trials; monitoring equipment; Eudamed; new areas of clinical engineering expertise (surgical instruments; laser safety management); technology value for technology management; home care; multiprofessional collaborations; project management and organization; maintenance and innovation of repair activities; In addition, there will be a special session dedicated to the Health Technology Assessment (Focus Hta, 14 June), which will allow for reflection with leading national experts in the assessment system for technologies and devices.

To these macro topics, the Riccione program (as usual) will add the training courses, which are always one of the most popular moments of the entire annual Aiic event, which is expected to be attended by over 2000 participants. For years, the conference has also been the stage where the best national projects in the health technology sector are awarded. Aiic Awards, which saw the participation of over 130 teams and projects, “is designed to bring the professional skills forward in the many NHS units involved in technological transformation”, emphasizes Lorenzo Leogrande. The special jury – made up of industry experts, representatives of the institutions and the board of clinical engineers and chaired by Nino Cartabellotta – will announce the winners of the Aiic Awards at the gala dinner at the Riccione conference.

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