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Barcelona Health Hub boosts innovation in digital health

From its headquarters in Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona Health Hub connects start-ups, professionals, institutions, investors and big corporations to accelerate the digital transformation of the health sector.

From its headquarters in Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona Health Hub connects start-ups, professionals, institutions, investors and big corporations to accelerate the digital transformation of the health sector.

If there has been one main character born during the Covid-19 pandemic, that is surely the health sector. The healthcare professionals have turned into heroes, hospitals appear on the media day in day out and telemedicine is blooming given the restrictions to organize person to person visits in order not to collapse the national healthcare systems. In this scenario, the task carried out by the Barcelona Health Hub since its foundation in November 2018 is now more important than ever as this association boosts innovation in this essential sector, which has in Barcelona some well-known institutions like Hospital de Sant Pau.

Precisely, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is the home to the Barcelona Health Hub. A wonderful setting by Modernist architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner that also hosts other organizations and training centers in this field like the Fundació Puigvert, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona’s Medicine School along with the Hospital de Sant Pau and its research institute. This location allows the collaborations between the hub members and these organizations, making the exchange of knowledge possible amongst innovative start-ups and universities, which is one of the aims of the Barcelona Health Hub.

Another goal is to boost the digitalization of the health sector, by bringing along emerging companies, big-sized organizations, researchers and investors. The Barcelona Health Hub gathers more than 250 members, featuring key agents of the health sector like Hospital de la Vall d’Hebrón and the Institut Català de Recerca, start-ups like Mediktor and Made of Gens and big corporations like Almirall and DKV. Currently it occupies a pavilion of 2,500 square meters but, thanks to the current boost to telemedicine, they are already thinking in using the premises of a nearby pavilion and expanding their headquarters.

According to Aline Noizet, the hub’s Chief International Officer, the collaboration is one of the keys to success of any ecosystem. That’s why from the Barcelona Health Hub they are working to establish collaborations with other international hubs focused on digital health like ECH Alliance and Frontiers Health. With this strategy, they want to position the hub as a leader in innovation in digital health not only on a national level but on a global one, which is yet another goal of this hub that is part of the Urban Tech Campus project, boosted by Barcelona Tech City, alongside other initiatives that are reshaping the city of Barcelona, like the future Fintech Hub.