At the XPAtient Barcelona Congress, experts underlined the importance of putting the patient at the centre of healthcare strategy as showcased by the solutions and technologies presented at the event which deliver a multidisciplinary approach and participatory methodologies.

The congress has highlighted “the need to factor in the clinician and technologist visions to meet the needs of people with chronic diseases,” argued Dr Joan Escarrabill, a member of the XPA Barcelona community of practice and the Patient Experience team at Hospital Clínic. This is because “the healthcare system can successfully resolve acute problems yet it also calls for an interdisciplinary approach to address the requirements of people with chronic diseases, with multiple diseases and added social needs.”

Most of the healthcare innovation and transformation initiatives presented at the congress “have had as a common denominator their use of pretty much core technological components with a positive and quantified impact on the patient experience,” pointed out Felip Miralles, director of Eurecat’s Digital Health Unit. He also noted “the outstanding coverage right across the country of initiatives designed to enhance the quality patient experience.”

Furthermore, the multidisciplinary panel discussions have made it possible to pinpoint “the state of the art in terms of autonomy, perception, empathy, monitoring, integration in the care process and support for medical interventions of robotic platforms” coupled with “the ethical, safety, assessment, regulatory and business implications of these new user interfaces which will have a growing impact on the relationship between patients and care services.”