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Using Technology and Innovation to Face Pandemic Impact

By Jan Hogewoning | Thu, 10/29/2020 - 11:49

Q: What are the primary goals of Skye Group’s initiative with the Nuevo Leon IT cluster to use technology as an economic driver?

A: We are a technology and innovation company and have already worked on projects covering the tourism, health, household appliances and information technology industries. The latter includes work with the IT Cluster of Nuevo Leon (CSOFTMTY). As a company, we have invested in a variety of sectors during our 10 years of experience. In the last two years, we invested in the health sector and were able to bring Christus Health's innovation center to Mexico. Likewise, in the tourism sector, we have invested in joint developments with the tourism cluster in the state.

When the pandemic hit, many businesses no longer had the budget to continue their digital transformation projects. In conjunction with CSOFTMTY, we reached an agreement to stimulate the development of Industry 4.0. We invested MX$10 million so that any company that wanted to begin its digital transformation and already had a project underway could access capital. By supporting 40 or 50 percent of the total cost, the cluster and our company will help companies to continue with projects that had been halted. Companies involved in 37 projects have applied for the stimulus and in the coming weeks, we will evaluate them to determine which projects will receive the capital. 

 

Q: How have your activities in healthcare, particularly in telemedicine, been impacted by the pandemic?

A: The impact on telemedicine has been tremendous. In September, we organized an event called Sinapsis together with the IT Cluster of Nuevo Leon, which was attended by around 150 people and telemedicine was one of the central topics. This modality of providing medical services at a distance is a radical change to the way the health sector previously operated.

Skye Group has been working in this industry for several years now, mainly in an emerging area called holomedicine. When the pandemic hit, we were already working with Microsoft HoloLens 2. Our company was the first in Latin America to have these mixed-reality smart glasses. We use this tool to reach rural areas of the country and keep in touch with doctors and patients, which helped us to access these affected areas more quickly and easily. 

Fortunately, doctors are now adopting this technology and shifting their mindset. They used to say that it was impossible to replace the physical experience of being able to see patients in person and conduct physical exams. However, with the help of technological tools such as oximeters or portable electrocardiograms, doctors can now provide a remote diagnosis. Skye Group is running a very large project related to holomedicine, with the goal of introducing this technology to all rural areas in Mexico. 

 

Q: How do you foresee the future of integrative medicine and its impact on patients' daily lives?

A: We call this the new asset. When we started to view health data as the new currency it meant that while in the past people only went to the hospital when they were sick, today, they prefer a preventive lifestyle to avoid going to the hospital. This has led to a transformation in the hospital industry to home delivery. Medica Sur, for example, is betting on a completely digital hospital that can reach every home. A similar transformation to preventive care is taking place at different hospitals. Another great example of integrative medicine is the new Apple Watch Series 6, which is oriented to people's health and can even measure blood oxygen. A paradigm shift is imminent.  The work from home and homeschooling modality will also bring major changes in education. People will need to adapt and be multidisciplinary while maintaining their quality of life, which will also impact the healthcare transformation.

 

Q: What are the opportunities emerging from flex office models in terms of creating interdisciplinary projects?

A: One of the platforms in Skye Group's portfolio is Leben, which uses artificial intelligence for the pre-diagnosis of neurological and psychological disorders. This tool monitors people's emotional conditions and we are working to enable it to monitor patients via visual computing or gadgets in the future. The disease of the 21st century is mental illness and very few people are paying attention to it. We all care about the human body but the mind is neglected most of the time. The pandemic and lockdowns around the world will trigger many mental problems in people of all ages and these changes need to be measured and treated.

 

 

Skye Group is a group of companies characterized by the innovation they implement in their organizational culture, products and services. The group offers management and innovation projects and develops new products based on early ideas

Jan Hogewoning Jan Hogewoning Journalist and Industry Analyst

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