The Minister of Health signs the application to renew the IDIVAL accreditation as a Health Research Institute

9 de September de 2019

The Minister of Health of the Government of Cantabria, Miguel Rodríguez, has visited the facilities of the Marqués de Valdecilla Research Institute (IDIVAL) to meet the research teams and the projects that are being carried out.

During his visit, he was accompanied by the director of the center, Galo Peralta; the director of Public Health, Paloma Navas; the director of Digital Transformation and User Relations, Santiago García, and the manager of the Cantabrian Health Service (SCS), Celia Gómez.

The counselor described the Institute as “a center that is at the forefront of health research and innovation and is a world leader in its area.”

In addition, he has taken advantage of his stay at the IDIVAL to sign the application for renewal of accreditation as a Health Research Institute, a fundamental certification granted by the Carlos III Health Institute that only 30 other centers have throughout Spain.

“Reediting this accreditation is essential for the exercise of the competences of the IDIVAL”, the Minister of Health has detailed, but it requires “a great update and renewal effort that complies with rigorous standards and very strict requirements demanded by the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), competent for certification”.

After the visit to the center, the entourage has met with the heads of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare of the MedStar network (Washington DC, USA), with whom he has discussed the progress of the EValTec project, an innovative initiative promoted by the Innovation Support Unit of the IDIVAL and the Valdecilla Virtual Hospital in which Cantabria is a pioneer and tries to implement studies of ergonomics and human factor in the continuous improvement of technology and health care processes to ensure patient safety.

Note that the IDIVAL Innovation Support Unit coordinates the ITEMAS Innovation Platform in Medical and Health Technologies, promoted by the Carlos III Health Institute, in which innovation experts at the national level support the main Hospitals of our country for the capture of ideas, the development of innovation projects and their transformation into products that respond to patients' health problems.