DKV and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) have signed a collaboration agreement to work together on initiatives for the promotion and adoption of healthy lifestyle habits through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The agreement was signed on 24th January by the President of UOC, Josep A. Planell, and the CEO of DKV, Dr Josep Santacreu, at the head offices of UOC at Avenida Tibidabo, 39, Barcelona.
Thanks to this agreement, both institutions will drive research on the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits with a focus on the analysis of the barriers and facilitators of changes in health-related habits. In addition, this agreement will promote the development of scientific research and publications that foster the use of ICTs in the healthcare sector.
According to the President of UOC, Josep A. Planell, «this agreement with DKV opens the door to collaborations with different players in the field of healthcare with whom we share the objective of promoting healthy lifestyles, as well as studying the barriers and facilitators involved in adopting healthy lifestyle habits, empowering citizens in terms of their health and, in general, promoting the quality of life of everyone».
According to Dr Santacreu, «we are working to create a digital healthcare model in our country which places the individual at the centre; we encourage and help users anywhere to adopt healthy lifestyle habits and monitor their own health simply and responsibly».
With over twenty years of professional experience, UOC has established itself as an innovative university that, through its educational model based on personalised attention and student support through online learning, trains people throughout life, whilst contributing to the advancement of people and the society, and also researching the knowledge society. It has over 54,000 students in 102 countries with centres in Spain, Mexico and Colombia, and maintains projects, agreements and collaborations with universities and institutions from all over the world. Through the recent creation of its eHealth Center academic centre, it trains and empowers citizens and professionals to use technology to lead the health paradigm shift.
DKV is leading the way for the digitisation of the Spanish healthcare sector with the development of state-of-the-art tools in electronic health, such as Quiero Cuidarme, the most downloaded healthcare application in Spain. DKV is present throughout Spain with an extensive network of offices and clinics where nearly two thousand employees provide services to some two millions customers.