Another lesson of the greatest importance on the political and social level is the quality of health management. Let’s learn at once that it is necessary to improve the organizational culture in this area.
It is true that the Covid-19 vaccination program was a success that we can all be proud of. The extraordinary role played by health professionals in this campaign is certain, with special emphasis on the nurses who with dedication and professionalism fulfilled their mission of massively vaccinating the Portuguese.
But it is also true that it was military discipline and organization – interpreted in a superior way by Vice Admiral Gouveia e Melo – that allowed its implementation. Therefore, the lesson to be learned is to improve the training of managers in the area of health, particularly in terms of leadership.
The fourth lesson concerns the need for strategic planning. Planning in terms of facilities and equipment, but above all human resources is essential. The European Union realized this by creating infrastructures on a European scale and constituting a strategic reserve of medicines and medical devices so as not to be held hostage by any foreign power. But, in terms of human resources, the task has to be at the level of the National Health Service.
Therefore, it is necessary to plan for the medium term (at least a decade), and with technical rigor, future needs. What doesn’t seem to be happening. It is incomprehensible, for example, the lack of knowledge about the importance of general and family medicine, and the central role of primary health care. This lesson has not been learned.
The last lesson concerns the protection of human rights as well as individual privacy. Although important public health measures have been implemented, with undeniable economic and social impact, such as confinement, the digital green certificate, or the vaccination of children and young people, it is necessary to promote a serious debate in our society between individual rights and social responsibility .
So that in the future there are clear and unambiguous guidelines on how to proceed in extreme situations, promoting democracy and human rights, but also the duties of citizenship.
In other words, in 2022, we hope in the post-pandemic phase, health policy must be reframed in light of the experience of nearly two years of an unprecedented global catastrophe, but which must necessarily make us stronger and better prepared.
Provide an overview of the Health System and all its agents, and deal in depth with legal issues, trends and challenges that surround it – such as transformation through the use of new technologies, especially data -, are among the topics that will be addressed by the course ‘Future of Health – Legal Aspects’, developed by the Teaching area of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein and unprecedented in the country. Enrollment is now open and runs until September 9th.
“For the first time, a course in the country intersects these themes, discussing technological advances, the impact of the General Data Protection Law (LGPD) and the technical and legal mechanisms capable of ensuring and making effective the protection of information. The student will have access to Einstein excellence and a very different program”, highlights Rogéria Leoni, Legal Director of the Albert Einstein Israeli Beneficent Society.