● The founding members of the Movement Health Foundation (Fundación Movimiento Salud) are Professor Rifat Atun, from Harvard University; Roche, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, Microsoft and Siemens Healthineers.
● Movement Health seeks to be a catalyst for the evolution of health care systems to be more equitable, sustainable and resilient, thereby generating exponential impact around the world by developing and scaling shared solutions to health care challenges.
● The Foundation has its presence in 5 regions and 25 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
● In Chile, where the biggest challenge is the long waiting list for specialist care, which increased by 365% during COVID, the movement spurred the creation of a platform that links data on lung cancer patients from diagnosis to recovery. integrates up to
The world’s public health systems face enormous and very similar pressures. Most visible are population growth and aging, two variables that cause an increase in chronic diseases and, with them, health costs.
In Latin America alone, according to CAF, the population of over 65s will double in 30 years, and with it will come health challenges. A report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) warns that health spending is on an upward trend, and without good information systems, inefficiencies will translate into higher costs.
Even more worryingly, disparities in access are not narrowing and quality health care remains a long way off for millions of people.
Against this backdrop, on May 21 Rifat Attun, Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University; Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies (CIFS); Microsoft, Roche and Siemens Healthineers announced the creation of the Movement Health Foundation during the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Foundation’s mission is to transform health systems by collaborating across sectors – governments, employers, health care providers, and patients – to provide access to quality health care for all people now and in the future. With the foundation becoming official, Movimiento Salud will have a heavy weight with great experience and skills to achieve that goal of making Latin America’s and the world’s systems more sustainable and efficient.
“The challenge of tackling the world’s biggest health problems cannot be solved by one company or organization, rather we must draw on the insight and expertise of key cross-industry partners,” said Professor Atun, who has since Part of the Foundation is trained. Launched in 2019 as a pilot initiative in Latin America and today chairs the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“The ability to harness the power of digital technology and AI will be essential to ensuring the sustainability of health systems and accelerating the more equitable global delivery of health care across patients, professionals and systems. We are proud to be one of the founding partners Movement Health and we see the Foundation as a catalyst for this change to deliver value to patients and society,” said Tom McGuinness, Corporate Vice President, Global Health & Life Sciences at Microsoft, a company that recognizes harness the power of technology to and promoting innovative solutions that meet needs identified by the Foundation.
“As leaders in the healthcare industry and co-founding partners of the Movimiento Salud Foundation, we are inspired by the opportunity to impact underserved populations by combining the power of our unique capabilities and our commitment to building healthcare systems Sustainable Healthcare Worldwide Tisha Boatman, Senior Vice President, Global Access to Care, Siemens Healthineers and Health Movement Board Member, said. “We share the belief that health is a fundamental human right and that healthcare should be accessible to all. should have the opportunity to benefit from innovations, such as better diagnostics for early detection of disease.”
Rolf Honger, Vice President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Area Head of LATAM at Roche Pharma, and who has been part of the Salud movement since its inception, said: “When we started the movement in Latin America, we We didn’t anticipate that this pandemic would strain our health care systems even more, but we knew one thing: We needed to strengthen them for the future of humanity. These events not only affected healthcare reaffirmed our commitment to facilitate equal access, but also strengthened the foundation”.
Thanks to these efforts, the Foundation can already present notable successes in countries such as Chile, where public-private collaboration was achieved to address optimization in case resolution in patients with lung cancer. as well as in Peru, where there has been a dramatic improvement in key performance indicators, particularly for early childhood development and health workforce productivity. All this without the need to increase budget spending.
Thus in Chile, where the biggest challenge is the long waiting list for specialist attention, whose time increased by 365% during COVID, they decided to solve this problem in collaboration with “startups” (Pegasi, Entelai and AIM Manager). decided. , CENS and the National Thoracic Institute (INT) to work on a systemic solution. Currently, they are in the implementation phase of a platform that integrates lung cancer patient data from referral and diagnosis to treatment, creating a continuous communication flow that engages interested parties and drives clinical Contributes to decision making, while minimizing administrative tasks.
“We believe that the future belongs to not just one, but everyone, and therefore we want to leverage our global knowledge to contribute to the goal of creating a future-proof, integrated and sustainable healthcare system around the world,” Bogie Eliasson, director of health and board member of the Foundation for CIFS, who agrees that “equal access to quality healthcare is essential so that everyone can live better and healthier lives, and is essential for any sustainable health care system.” should be a priority”.