HEALTHCARE DIGITALIZATION IN SERBIA: PANEL DISCUSSION
A panel discussion on the topic of Health Digitalization in Serbia was held on September 30th, 2022 at the premises of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia.
The panel discussion was organized by the pilot supercluster of Healthcare Technologies, with the aim of bringing the activities of digitalization and innovation carried out by the Serbian government and the Ministry of Health closer to the local innovative and technological community and patient associations. This event was the first in a series of events to be organized on this topic.
The Coordinator for the Integrated Health System at the Ministry of Health, Nikola Radoman, presented the electronic services currently available to patients, such as the eHealth portal and mobile application, and plans for developing new eServices.
Adviser for Digital Health at the Office of the Prime Minister, Dejan Kovačević, presented the 2022-2026 Digital Health Strategy and the target architecture of the Integrated Health Information System, aimed at improving the patient experience.
Also participating in the panel discussion was Jelena Bojović, Director of the Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution, who presented the center and its activities aimed at connecting science and industry. Bojović also announced the first biotech conference to be held in Serbia on October 20th and 21st of this year, organized by the World Economic Forum and the Serbian government - Biotech Future Forum.
Vladimir Atanacković, the founder of the local startup HealthLY, also participated in the panel discussion and shared his experience working with open data from the Serbian Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices (ALIMS), which he used to develop software initially intended for managing medications for patients with multiple therapies. During the discussion, he emphasized that events like this are important because they provide an opportunity for the startup community to work with representatives of the healthcare system to improve the health of patients.
The panel was moderated by Isidora Šmigić, a Specialist in Regulatory Reform at the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED). The panel discussion was attended by representatives of startups specializing in health digitalization, such as DokTok, Doktorijum, TelMed and others, as well as representatives of Acibadem-BelMedic, the Patients' Association, ALIMS, the Medical Circle student association, other student associations, companies, researchers, and others.
A large number of representatives from the scientific and technological community gathered had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with current and planned projects in the field of healthcare digitalization, ask questions and share their insights and recommendations. In the coming period, the Pilot Supercluster of Health Technology Laboratories will continue to organize activities on similar topics in collaboration with partners from the public and private sectors.