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INEGI joins national project to strengthen the health sector with smart technologies

05 March 2021
At a time when population aging and the prevalence of chronic diseases are gaining dimension in the national and international contexts, improving the provision of health care and services becomes even more fundamental, in order to guarantee the sector's capacity to respond with quality.

The SMART-HEALTH-4-ALL - Smart Medical Technologies for Better Health and Care project aims to face this reality, committing itself to develop innovative products and services in the areas of digital health and medical technologies, and to promote their internationalization.

Led by Siemens Healthineers Portugal and promoted by the Health Cluster Portugal (HCP), the project brings together more than 20 partners, including national and international companies, SMEs, startups, healthcare providers and entities from the National Scientific and Technological System (SCTN), in which INEGI is integrated.

This consortium also aims to specify new business models for companies and smart health services, as well as to develop products, from the design and production phase to commercialization.

INEGI has the responsibility to create technological solutions to combat, control and prevent diseases, such as diabetes or musculoskeletal disorders, as well as to optimize medication management and control in hospitals.

"We are going to develop medical devices and products for use close to the body (wearables) and in a portable way, using monitoring, sensing and personalization technologies" explains Nilza Ramião, the head of INEGI for being part of the project. In addition to the wearable components, "an integrated system will be developed to control and manage the taking of medicines automatically", explains António Baptista, who is responsible for this development in the project by INEGI.

As part of the "Mobilizing Programs", which aim to promote the growth of knowledge-intensive economic activities and the creation of value based on innovation, this project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through Portugal 2020.

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