Leaping Forward Discussed the Future of Primary Healthcare



How will patients in the future be, what new necessities will they have and how should family physicians prepare themselves to answer them – these were some of the challenges proposed to the about 30 speakers, among researchers, scientists, managers and physicians of different nationalities, invited to Leaping Forward Primary Healthcare, organized by Hospital da Luz network, on November 23 in Lisbon and November 25 in Oporto.

This was the first Leaping Forward international congress dedicated to primary healthcare, which stresses the importance given to this level of healthcare by Luz Saúde Group, with the purpose of contributing to the debate on the future of General and Family Medicine, and aiming to develop the healthcare system in Portugal. This Leaping Forward counted, once again, with the participation of world renowned specialists and national and international researchers in the forefront of this medical area.

Will patients be able to control chronic disease through phone apps? Will we choose a doctor by “tripadvisor”? Will doctors be able deal with patients that will be simultaneously more informed, more old and with increasing multi-chronicity?

Mobasher Butt and Anthony Langham, medical representatives from Babylon, a British company which uses an artificial intelligence system to put a physician in every client’s pocket, by cell phone, having already worked for the British NHS, Suman Saha, the founder and medical director of Doctify, the company that created a physician’s ranking system inspired in Tripadvisor, and Job Metsemakers, the Dutch physician and president of Primary Care World Health Organization, were some of the international personalities invited to share new ideas and perspectives for the future.

Isabel Vaz, Luz Saúde CEO, Francisco George, director general for Health, Rosa Matos and Luís Pico, ARSLVT president and vice-president respectively, as well as Miguel Guimarães, representative of the Portuguese National Doctors Association, Rui Nogueira, president of the Portuguese Association of General and Family Medicine, and Rui Portugal, executive director of the Portuguese National Health Plan, were also present contributing to the discussion on the future of the health system organization.

Leaping Forward Primary Healthcare organized by Hospital da Luz network took place on November 23 in Lisbon (Centro Cultural de Belém), and on November 25 in Oporto (Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda).