In September 2021, DHI Cluster Bulgaria and US-Bulgarian Chamber headquartered in Washington, D.C., established a partnership agreement with a vision to encourage transatlantic collaboration in order to boost the innovation and knowledge exchange between the United States and Bulgaria in the field of digital healthcare.
US-Bulgarian Chamber is an active 501c6 non-for-profit organization that provides a comprehensive platform for its members with business interests in the United States and Bulgaria. The goal of the Chamber is to encourage and assist to US-Bulgarian economic relations in the scope of commerce, finance, agriculture, industry, transport, technologies, professional activities, and others. Since its first day of operation, the Chamber strives to become a bridge for US companies with interests and business in Bulgaria, Bulgarian companies present on the American market, and individuals interested or having stake in the economic relations between the two countries, such as with this new partnership with DHI Cluster. Through joint initiatives and events, the Chamber increases awareness of the importance of US-Bulgarian economic relations and business. It connects people, communities, and resources throughout the United States.
Digital Health and Innovations Cluster Bulgaria is a non-profit organization situated in Sofia, Bulgaria, which supports companies and organizations in digital solutions and innovations in healthcare to build an ecosystem and establish a sustainable and effective healthcare environment for patients, healthcare professionals, society, and institutions. DHI Cluster Bulgaria was created in November 2018 by nine companies and two not-for-profit organizations. In 2021, the DHI Cluster has more than 35 members and partners – national and international pharma and IT companies. The organization supports the creation of data-driven healthcare to boost sustainability and efficiency in the healthcare system and support the collaboration between all the stakeholders for a better understanding of the health system and its needs.
Healthcare is one of the largest and most complex socio-economic sectors in any country and requires a holistic operational and clinical management approach. COVID-19 proved to the global community that there could be no successful economy without an effective healthcare system. The only way to overcome such threats successfully is to improve the long-term sustainability and efficiency of the healthcare systems everywhere in the world.
Thus, the main objective of this partnership is to encourage the collaboration between emerging and growing ecosystems, stimulate the knowledge exchange and the innovation potential in the transatlantic business market, develop strategies to overcome these challenges, guide digital health companies toward generating evidence, enable healthcare systems to share best practices, and identify the right evidence-based digital solutions to their clinical needs efficiently.
As a first collaborative effort, on November 16th, DHI Cluster and US-Bulgarian Chamber are organizing an online event, „Together We Make DIGITAL HEALTH Accessible.“ During the event, we will introduce new technologies and successful use cases in the digital healthcare sphere and encourage a discussion to understand better the clinical needs and how technology can support effectively the patient through its journey. Starting October 25th, 2021, the link for registration will be widely available.