Increasing health crisis response capabilities: digitalization

One of the main lessons to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is the need to strengthen surveillance, early detection, and rapid response capabilities in the event of any critical situation. This major action consists of a set of actions aimed precisely at increasing the response capabilities to future health crises:

  • Development of digital tools for the National Transplant Organization and the Spanish Doctors Agency. On the one hand, the National Transplant Organization requires improvements in the security of systems, in communication exchange services with citizens and in the exploitation of data. On the other hand, the Spanish Agency of Doctors and Health Products needs to acquire computer equipment to cope with the significant increase in the volume of data handled since the beginning of the crisis.
  • Making available to public health services the appropriate digital tools to ensure better public health surveillance as a basis for the development of prevention plans and decision making in crisis and emergency situations for the health of the population. Thus, a new Public Health Surveillance Network Information System will be deployed that will expand, improve, and integrate the existing information systems for communicable and non-communicable diseases in Spain. It will include the equipment and technological tools that support it. In addition, a nationwide entomological surveillance tool will be developed, based on citizen science, to be combined with the existing vector-borne disease surveillance system. These tools impact all actors in the healthcare system and each of its components: Primary Care, Hospital Care and Public Health.
Aumento de capacidades de respuesta ante crisis sanitarias_ digitalización


Increase response capabilities to future health crises.
Strengthen surveillance, early detection, and rapid response in the event of any critical situation.

Responsible entity

Ministerio de Sanidad