The FUMEC Health Technologies Coordination analyzes tendencies and needs of the health sector in order to identify existing capacities to generate partnerships and strategic projects that foster technological innovation, and the scientific, technological and economic advancement in this area.
This Coordination collaborates closely with the state Council on Science and Technology of Estado de México (COMECYT in Spanish) and its main goals are:
- Locate companies of the health sector with capability to generate competitive products and services at a national and international level.
- Facilitate the migration of companies from other sectors and its participation in the health sector in order to complement existing technical capacities.
- Foster and facilitate the consolidation of partnerships and innovation networks between research centers, higher education institutions and companies in order to develop new products processes and services.
- Connect companies with programs that can provide them the tools and consulting they need on issues such as certifications, processes implementation, regulation support for innovation projects and market opportunities analysis.
Mexico is the second largest consumer of medical devices after Brazil, and it is the third importer of medical devices in the Americas after the United States and Canada.
Some of the more outstanding tendencies on the health sector are:
- Population growth and aging. It is expected that the world population will increase from 6,500 millions of inhabitants to 8,000 millions for 2015, given in part to the increasing longevity. The 60 years old inhabitants represented 10.3% of the global population in 2005 and in 2015 will increase to 15% of the world population.
- Chronic illnesses. People in the big cities is prone to suffer chronic conditions such as arrhythmia, cancer, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, asthma and depression. Almost 80% of the 65 years old population and older has a chronic illness and 50% has at least two of them.
- Homecare. Hospitalization is the most expensive healthcare service in the United States. there is a global tendency to reduce the time patients spent in the hospital. The use of less invasive methods and with less recovery periods also impacts in the reduction of costs for patients and hospitals which can keep adequate care from other centers or from home.