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SOCIAL INNOVATIONS IN HEALTHCARE

SOCIAL INNOVATIONS IN HEALTHCARE

On June 8-9, Krasnogorsk hosted the Second Forum of Social Innovations of Regions. During this event, 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation presenter the best practices of social work aimed at developing social infrastructure and improving the quality of life in Russia. The forum’s participants had an opportunity to join the discussion platforms and the exhibition of innovative social projects of regions of Russia. 

This large-scale event started with a plenary session where speakers shared their experience in implementation of innovative social practices in different regions. Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health, made welcoming remarks and spoke about the work done by the agency on improvement of the quality and accessibility of medical care. 

“The Second Forum of Social Innovations of Regions embodies not only the unity of all branches of power at federal and regional level, but also their commitment to all civil society for decision in addressing the greatest challenge, which is improvement of the quality of life and creation of conditions for Russians to have long and happy lives. The Ministry of Health is an example of social and governmental institution for addressing the challenges medicine faces today”, said Veronika Skvortsova. 

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The speaker said that the Ministry of Health consequently introduces the latest technologies and methods into all medical processes. Over 10 years, the volume of high-tech medical care in Russia has increased 16-fold and keeps on increasing every year in the most demanded areas. According to Veronika Skvortsova, in early 2016, 936,000 patients were provided with high-tech medical care. This year, this number is to be increased. 

It is also important that high technologies have become accessible to Russians. Upwards of 932 medical organisations, the majority of which are regional ones, are able to provide high-tech medical care in different medical profiles. Moreover, over the past three years, some kinds of high-tech medical care were introduced into emergency medicine. 

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“In 2016, the Russian Federation was one of the first countries to introduce technologies of thromboextraction. They make it possible to save people who used to be doomed to death due to thrombosis of large vessels just three years ago. A multidisciplinary introduction of new rehabilitation technologies at the earliest stages of the disease allowed to reduce the primary disability. Now over 60% of patients who experienced vascular accidents leave the clinics on their own feet. The patients are fully recovered or have minimal restriction of functions”, she said. 

Innovations in healthcare are aimed at comfortable medical care for citizens. According to Veronika Skvortsova, the information and digital health technologies are currently in active development. So, for today upwards of  90% of the regions of Russia have completely digitized the work of ambulance, including the introduction of GLONASS technology. 

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As stressed by the Minister of Health, every year provides us with more additional electronic opportunities. In this regard, a number of tasks will be accomplished by next year. Firstly, 14 million Russians will be able to create their personal cabinet ‘My Health’ on the Unified Public Services Portal. Secondly, the formation of a multilevel system of telemedicine consultations between medical organizations at the federal and regional level will be completed. Since 2019, remote monitoring of the health of patients from risk groups will be introduced thanks to individual devices measuring blood pressure, pulse, glucose and cholesterol concentration, position in space, etc. 

“Today, the Ministry of Health has prepared a new priority project. It is aimed at increasing the accessibility of medical care. Within the framework of implementation of this project, about 1,000 obstetric clinics and rural outpatient clinics will be built. The project will also give fresh impetus to itinerant health-care services”, stressed Veronika Skvortsova. 

The speaker said that innovative approaches could be not only technological, but also organisational. She mentioned the Thrifty Policlinic project as an example. Its implementation will allow to separate healthy and diseased patients and to decrease waiting periods for medical appointments, etc. 

“20 regions of Russia have already joined this project. Our task is to promote it and make care people receive in clinics more comfortable and accessible across the country”, she commented. 

At the end of her speech, Veronika Skvortsova thanked Valentina Matvienko, Galina Karelova and all other leaders of the social front. She also congratulated colleagues on Social Workers Day and wished them professional satisfaction. 

Yekaterina Kudryavtseva, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov


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