Health and Digital, Sicily Mediterranean “hub” of health tourism

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The hypostyle hall of the Maniace Castle in Syracuse was the setting for the third edition of the Meridiano della Sanità Sicilia forum.
This year the themes of digital transformation, growth and sustainable development of the country will be at the center.
Renato Brunetta, Minister for Public Administration, Mara Carfagna, Minister for the South and Territorial Cohesion, Mariastella Gelmini, Minister for Regional Affairs and Autonomy and Roberto Speranza, Minister for Health, spoke.
Despite the historical period characterized by no less than 5 crisis factors that never occurred at the same time (pandemic, Russian-Ukrainian conflict, inflationary crisis, increase in energy costs, disruption of supply chains) that are slowing down the recovery path, the NRP continues to be strategic for Italy, also for health.
According to estimates by the Ambrosetti Club Pnrr Observatory, the Pnrr will in fact have a positive structural impact on GDP growth in the next 15 years equal to 221 billion euros.
«Sicily can also be a candidate to become a“ hub ”for health tourism.
The time has come to capitalize on the potential we already have and to put them to good use ”, said the president of the Region, Nello Musumeci.
“We must start from the assumption that we are the center of gravity of the Mediterranean, in logistical and also health terms with three research centers and Ismett.
It is time to put this role to good use by looking ahead with serious planning.
The investments in Sicily in Healthcare, in these five years, amount to about one billion and two hundred million euros, with the Pnrr we have planned actions for another 800 million.
In the last year we have created over 350 new intensive care and sub-interview places, we have upgraded the emergency rooms, digitized the 118 emergency service.
We are the first region in Italy for the spread of broadband, we must continue the process of innovation and digitalization already started.
I believe it is essential to proceed with the training of new recruits in the health sector, a theme that can be realized with the creation of a higher institute that brings together the four Sicilian universities and the other universities of the Mediterranean basin.
We have a fearful shortage of doctors, which puts the survival of some health facilities at constant risk; the limited number of medical university courses and the reduction in doctorates have had a negative impact in this regard.
Today we have the duty to think how we can make up for this serious lack.
But I believe all the conditions are in place to look to the near future with optimism ”.
Valerio De Molli, managing partner and ceo of The European House-Ambrosetti defined the ecosystem of Health in Sicily “a strategic and integrated system between public and private excellence, which generates an impact equal to 13.2 billion euros, worth to say 16.4% of the regional GDP.
This figure is higher than that generated by various economic sectors in the South, up by 3 billion euros compared to 2019 considering the direct, indirect and induced impacts of the public and private components “.
As part of the Pnrr Mission 6 “Health”, today Sicily is the third Italian region for allocation of the first 8 billion euros distributed by the Ministry of Health to the territories (about 800 million), with the largest number of resources destined for the of the community (217 million euros), Digitization (139.9 million euros) and hospital safety (139.8 million euros).
During the works, the paper of The European House – Ambrosetti “Digital Health 2030: towards a data-driven Health” was presented, which not only reports the key numbers of digitization in Italy, also seen in the European context, but describes the paths followed.
from some leading countries in digital health.
In particular, the paper reports the key numbers of Sicilian healthcare in terms of physical and digital resources and infrastructures.
Among the positive signs, the growing availability of qualified human capital, with an increase in “stem” graduates (in the last 10 years, medical graduates recorded + 90% compared to + 70% of the national average) and the return of ” Sicilian brains “.
Over the last 4 years, the investment in the staff of the regional health service has seen the hiring of over 15,000 professionals (including doctors, nurses and health technicians) on permanent contracts, to which about 10 thousand units have been added to cope with the pandemic emergency.
However, the need to review the criteria for access to medical degree courses and specialization schools remains central to fill a structural gap that affects the whole country and the idea promoted to make Sicily a reference “hub” becomes particularly ambitious.
for training in the medical and health fields also for Mediterranean countries.
“Being the first major Italian region for municipalities covered by broadband and ultra-broadband – underlines the vice president of the region and councilor for the economy, Gaetano Armao – is an extraordinary result.
When we took office, at the end of 2017, Sicily had spent around one million euros.
Today we are at over 295 million euros, with an expenditure of European funds of 95%.
A relevant digital infrastructure, which plays an important role also for the smaller islands of Sicily, which thus may be able to offer fundamental services also on the health and tourism front “.
Words supported by the regional councilor for health, Ruggero Razza, according to whom “only a profound digital transformation can help reduce the fragmentation of the offer by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of health services.
This is what we have had the opportunity to experience in the various phases of the pandemic and it is what we are doing by guaranteeing assistance for those in need of high-impact care for the system.
These are experiences that certainly need to be implemented and extended to improve the health outcomes and the quality of life of patients, also contributing positively to the economic growth of the entire territory.
In this sense, a further acceleration will certainly come from the implementation of the operational plan of Mission 6 of the NRP with approximately 800 million euros of investments for our Region, which has been fully incorporated into the CIS signed with the Ministry of Health “.
As reported in the paper presented in Syracuse, already in 2020 the value of the data economy in the European Union reached 327 billion euros (+ 61% compared to 2013), supporting 6.6 million jobs, with an increase of 41 % compared to 2013 (compared to + 5% of the economy as a whole).
According to the forecast of the Organization for Digital Cooperation (Dco), within the next decade 70% of the value generated by the global economy will be based on digitally enabled business models, with increasingly blurred boundaries between the digital economy and the traditional economy.
In this context, the health ecosystem plays a leading role in the data economy, through the use of enabling digital technologies (hpc, cloud, iot, big data analytics & artificial intelligence) in an increasingly interconnected world: about 30% of global data volume is generated by the healthcare sector and, by 2025, the compound annual growth rate of healthcare sector data will reach 36%, compared to manufacturing and financial services growths of + 6% and + respectively 10%.
The Syracuse event was organized by The European House-Ambrosetti, in collaboration with Cefpas and the patronage of the Presidency of the Sicilian Region.

News from Sicily 2022-07-01 18:00:00

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