How Open Are Mexico's Public and Private Sectors to Innovation?Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:50
In March 2017, during the third edition of the Innovation Week organized by AMIIF, the assembled leaders discussed the impact of innovation on the health sector and how education could detonate economic development and productivity in the country. Innovation has set trends in health management, changing the way healthcare providers make decisions, distribute budgets, collect and analyze data, publish results and perform procedures. Mexico Health Review asked industry players how innovations are received in the Mexican health sector .
The first challenge is to achieve a cultural acceptance of change and to break the barrier of resistance to install solutions whose end product is digital and not tangible. Our clients have been working 15 to 20 years in the same way, so it is not easy to make them embrace change. Working with public institutions presents other challenges. Budgets need to be reassigned to adjust to service contracts. Tenders often do not have a proper budget to contract the needed digitalization services. This is why we received with great expectation the IMSS Innovation Olympics, an event that IMSS launched in March 2017 for the first time. We see this competition as a key aspect that was missing in order for IMSS to properly adopt innovation; a space where public and private sector can transparently team up to develop innovative solutions that are tailor made to fit the reality and needs of the institution.
Rogelio de los Santos
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) study shows the leading drivers of entrepreneurship in a country. The most important variable is education and a mindset of scarcity and globalizing a project, as ideas must be relevant to other countries. Often, people fall in love with their solution and not with the problem. However, there are an increasing number of people with disruptive ideas finding niches to capture value. Companies with experience and capital are increasingly considering these types of opportunities. They are opening to the idea of innovation, having venture capital areas or accelerators, inviting companies to solve problems relevant to them. They are interested in opening up to working with others, including competitors, because if companies do not find solutions, others will. Mexican groups need to wake up and recognize innovation to be relevant in their markets and outside.
The way technological innovations can help patients varies according to therapeutic areas. For example, we have an app for patients with inflammatory bowel disease that provides information on the different stages of the disease and the reasons behind its progression. The main issue for these patients is that even though the disease may be controlled, there could be a specific event that pushes it to another stage. We provide support and teach them to identify symptoms. Another program helps patients with prostatic cancer track the disease properly, providing them with access to prostatic antigen testing. Ferring also runs a program called BB en casa (Baby at home) that helps patients with a fertility need who do not have the purchasing power to access treatment.