Andalusian Health Service

The Andalusian Health Service- SAS (www.juntadeandalucia.es/servicioandaluzdesalud), is an autonomous public entity responsible for health care provision in Andalusia since 1986. As part of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Andalusia, its main purpose is to provide high-quality public health care to the citizens of the region, ensuring its accessibility and the satisfaction of its users, and seeking efficiency and optimum use of resources.

Located in the South of Spain, Andalusia is one of the largest regions in Europe, with 8.4 million inhabitants. Healthcare services are provided by SAS through a network of integrated healthcare facilities organized to ensure the accessibility of the population: 1,512 primary care centres, 49 hospitals, 15 Health Management areas and more than 104,000 employees distributed throughout Andalusia.

For EUCAIM project, SAS mobilises researchers from the Virgen del Rocio University Hospital (VRUH), which is one reference healthcare provider and one of the largest hospitals in Spain. With more than 8,000 professionals, 54 operating rooms, 1.291 beds and more than 450 spaces for clinical consultations, it is the largest healthcare complex in Andalusia. The Radiagnostic Unit and the Nuclear Medicine Unit will participate in the clinical part and the Technological Innovation Unit in the technical part.

The Radiagnostic Unit performs diagnostic and interventional tests based on imaging, thus providing support to other units and services in the hospital area. It is composed of more than 300 professionals of all categories such as radiologists, nurses, TER, orderlies and administrative staff, with the aim of providing adequate care to our patients. It has resources in the different buildings that make up the hospital city and in the peripheral centers, including conventional radiology equipment, remote controls, ultrasound, CT, mammography, MRI, stereotactic equipment, orthopantomographs and vascular and interventional radiology equipment. It is organized in specific areas of knowledge, by “organ-systems”, which allows radiologists to specialize and favors communication and coordination with the different specialties. The Unit also participates in clinical trials and other research work

The Technological Innovation Unit, integrated in the R&D&I management department of the VRUH, has a vast experience in Clinical Informatics and Health Research Informatics projects. This group is composed of different specialties in biomedical informatics domain, it works in the development and leadership of national and international R&D&I projects related to the development of new methods and knowledge on semantic interoperability in the EHR environment, FAIR data for Health Research, Learning healthcare Systems (LHS), Ethical and Legal Issues on Health Research and their application both in healthcare and health research.

Role of institution in the project

The SAS team participates in WP5 (T5.1, T5.2.1, T5.2.2, T5.3.5, T5.6) bringing its expertise in clinical data standardization, interoperability and application of FAIR principles, based on its knowledge gained as coordinator of the FAIR4Health project (https://www.fair4health.eu/), WP leader of the HealthyCloud project (https://healthycloud. eu/), co-leader of the WP IMPaCT Data (Spanish Data Infrastructure for Precision Medicine Research, https://impact-data.bsc.es/) and its  experience in the Research Data Alliance FAIR Data Maturity Model; and in WP7 (T7.1a, T7.1b, T7.3 ) providing the experience of expert radiologists and its knowledge of having participated in the PRIMAGE project.

MSc Carlos Luis Parra Calderón

MSc Carlos Luis Parra Calderón is Head of Computational Health Informatics Group at the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville and head of Technological Innovation Unit at the Virgen del Rocio University Hospital. Graduated in Economics Sciences and Master of Science in Industrial Organization Engineering. Principal Investigator on behalf Andalusian Health in HealthyCloud (H2020 GA 965345 https://healthycloud.eu/) and IMPaCT-Data (IMP/00019, Carlos III National Institute of Health, https://impact-data.bsc.es) projects. Consortium coordinator of FAIR4Health (GA 824666 from the H2020 call https://www.fair4health.eu/) and SmartPITeS Coordinated Project (PI18/00700 Carlos III National Institute of Health). Principal Investigator in R&D projects at regional, national and European level (h-Index 13). Representative of Spain in IMIA and EFMI. Treasurer and board member of EFMI and EFMI Representative in EOSC Association. Member of AMIA and AMIA Clinical Research Informatics WG. Member of HL7 Spain and former Technical Director of HL7 Spain. Member of Spanish Normalization Agency and ISO TC 215 expert. 2 patent applications and 4 Intellectual Property registrations. Board Member of Healthcare Transformation Academy (program co-funded by EIT Health).

PhD Francisco Javier Castell Monsalve

PhD Francisco Javier Castell Monsalve is Chief of Radiology and X-Ray diagnosis at Virgen del Rocío University Hospital. He has a narrow collaboration with different units at Virgen del Rocío Hospital, such as Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit, and he is involved in several radiology networks. He has a wide experience in teaching, specially National Congresses, and he is also an active member of various scientific societies. He has participated in more than 25 publications in indexed journals, also collaborating in clinical guidelines for a better management of patients, and several book chapters. To date, Javier has participated in several research projects funded by both public and private entities, and he is currently involved in the EU-funded project LITMUS, focused on the development and validation of both blood and imaging test for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis diagnosis.

MSc Sara González García

MSc Sara González García is Researcher of Computational Health Informatics Group of the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville. MSc in Data Science and Computer Engineering and graduated in Health Engineering in clinical informatics. Experience in the application of machine learning and Natural Language Processing techniques in clinical informatic projects. She is currently involved in IMPaCT-Data project (Data Science Program of the Precision Medicine Infrastructure associated with Science and Technology) and other R&D projects at regional and national level, focused on the secondary use of data. Also, she is developing her thesis on the application of explainable and interpretable AI in clinical domain use cases.

PhD José Manuel Jiménez-Hoyuela García

PhD José Manuel Jiménez-Hoyuela García is Head of Nuclear Medicine Department at Virgen del Rocío University Hospital. Training stays abroad, Hospital of the University of Vienna (Austria), and another one-year stay at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (Philadelphia, USA), where he obtained important training and experience in the field of Nuclear Cardiology and Oncology with the PET technique (Positron Emission Tomography), joining a pioneering team at world level. He is collaborating with the Department of Hematology and Hemotherapy in the application of new CAR-T therapies, a collaboration that positions the Virgen del Rocio University Hospital as a national reference. Associate Professor at the University of Malaga (UMA), Professor of the Department of Radiology (2006-2016). Member of the Editorial Committee (Spanish Journal of Nuclear Medicine, included in Science Citation Index Expanded/Index Medicus / MEDLINE). President of the Andalusian Society of Nuclear Medicine (2011-2014). Advisor to the Ministry of Health of the Andalusian Regional Government (Working Groups, Accreditation of Professionals). Assessor of Accreditation Programmes for Nuclear Medicine Specialists (Regional Government of Andalusia, ACSA). Advisor to the Ministry of Health.

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