FDRH Mission Statement as EPMA Institutional Member
The F.D. Roosevelt University General Hospital in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, (FDRH) decided to become an institutional member of EPMA for we find our visions of future healthcare development in very close agreement with the visions which EPMA presents since the very beginning of its activities in 2009. By our participation in EPMA we want to support EPMA’s professional activities as well as we would like to contribute to the practical applications of predictive, preventive and personalized medicine (PPPM, or 3PM) at our hospital here in the Slovak Republic. We do hope that our team of medical professionals and other experts in the related fields, in a close international cooperation under EPMA’s coordination, can accomplish the pioneering work and bring practical PPPM/3PM as close to the patient and caring-about-their-health individuals as possible. We would also like to encourage other medical facilities and organizations in Slovakia to join us so that we can coordinate our efforts in improving practical healthcare for all people.
Vision of the essential extension of health-related services provided in the hospital as an initial step towards future healthcare and practical realization of predictive, preventive and personalized medicine
In the current situation of unprecedented pressure on the quality of the healthcare system, caused by the pandemic of COVID-19, we did realize that it is time to significantly change the healthcare system and transform it into more viable and pro-active. We understand the worldwide outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 as an ultimate “wake-up call” that essentially needs to be answered. We are ready to complement, in parallel, the EPMA’s visions of specialized PPPM centers by implementing PPPM attitude directly within the hospital structure, thus bringing future PPPM healthcare closer to the patients as well as healthy individuals. Such an evolutionary step would, of course, require a broader collaboration at both, the national and international levels. The platform for such collaboration exists, so let’s get started.
Implementation of 3PM concepts into daily practice in steps
- The first step
Keeping in mind the complexity of the objectives, FDRH decided, in the first step, to focus on significantly extending the range of tests in our Clinical laboratory complex that would provide the value added to the spectrum of the routine tests . FDRH is about to equip the laboratory diagnostics by powerful analytical technologies for clinical biochemistry, clinical microbiology, and toxicology, such as high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LCMS), gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GCMS), atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS), matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry with time-of-flight detector (MALDI-TOF), as well as other most recent analytical methods in international collaboration with other EPMA Institutional members. Further FDRH creates cooperation with national and regional partners who would provide analytical services towards health relevant environmental factors. The complementary services to related medical units in context of 3PM are also under consideration such as services related to healthy nutrition, relax and sport in the mountains, and wellness. To achieve this we plan to gradually transform one of our external hospital facility into a climatic Spa. This option creates a wide spectrum of opportunities for an international collaboration within European Union and worldwide.
- Follow-up step
In the next step we plan to significantly increased capacities in medical imaging and in multi-level diagnostics , thus expanding the overall predictive diagnostic potential of the hospital.
- Essential step forwards
The essential step forwards is a continual education of the patients and individuals interested in advanced healthcare supporting their health status. This aspect has attracted particular attention due to worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, as declared by WHO on March 11th, 2020 . Hardly any medical professional would disagree that having had the concept of 3PM implemented in healthcare including improved health literacy, the current pandemic situation would have been much easier to deal with and more effectively managable.
The vision in context of PPPM implementation
The vision we have is to offer, in a supportive international cooperation, the health-focused services in predictive diagnostics, primary prevention and health-enhancing services to the patients, through which a wide spectrum of medical and other professionals would take care of individual patients at either particular stages of their diseases, or the clients who do not suffer of any apparent health problems or individuals with suboptimal health status who are interested in an assessment of their health in order to predict and prevent potential health deterioration well before the manifestation of a pathology which is later difficult to reverse or treat.
We expect that by implementing 3PM as an integral part of our professional medical care, parallel focusing on health-supporting services, alongside the standard therapeutic procedures, we will, in the long run, significantly reduce healthcare costs and make the future healthcare more sustainable and evolving .
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