In a recent article, Forbes covered the Digital Health Forum Mexico (DHFM) in Mexico City, which served to highlight Mexico’s embracement of disruptive technologies via private sector partnerships, to institute improved healthcare systems.
The central theme of DHFM was the identification of best-practice strategies to utilise new technology to deliver better quality healthcare to more Mexicans. In a country which has well-documented issues in it’s citizens ability to access quality healthcare, the potential for disruptive technologies to fast-track access to level where it overcomes existing issues and meets the healthcare available to citizens of more developed nations was a particular talking point.
One area which was addressed was giving new digital and medical devices a faster path through government regulations and permissions, and Julio Sánchez y Tepoz, general commissioner of the Federal Office for Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), said “We have evolved the legal and regulatory framework concerning medical devices, which included digital devices. This has allowed a better use of financial resources and also we make more efficient the authorisation of such devices. That is the way we contribute and support Mexico’s transition into digital healthcare”.
Grace Century President and Director of Research Scott Wolf said, “Mexico sees the future in Digital Healthcare, can you see it? We can – talk to us about our portfolio company, Quantum Group, a healthcare innovator in the field of electronic health records”.