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Josep
Vidal-Alaball

Head of the Central Catalonia Innovation and Research Primary Care Unit
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Catalan Institute of Health, Department of Health Government of Catalonia

Born in Berga, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1998 and stayed for 9 years. In 2002 he completed the Family Medicine specialty in Devon and he moved to Wales to work as a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Cardiff. For 2 years, he combined the research in vitamin B12 field, where he published a systematic review with a Cochrane group, with clinical work as General Practitioner. From 2004 to 2006 he worked at the Welsh Public Health Agency. By the end of 2006, he decided to finish his British adventure and come back to Catalonia to work in a rural practice. During these years, he has combined clinical work with management tasks in primary care. He has a Ph.D. on Telemedicine and he is working as a family doctor and a researcher in central Catalonia. He is also an adjunct professor of Public Health at the degree of physiotherapy at the University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia. He is part of the PROSAARU research group (Promotion of Health in the Rural Area) where he leads the research line on new technologies and telemedicine. He is also treasurer of EURIPA, the European Rural and Isolated Practitioners Association and member of the assembly of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice (RuralWonca). His research focuses on research and innovation in health services, mainly aimed at improving the efficiency of primary care services