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| The Hospital de Especialidades “Bernardo Sepúlveda Gutiérrez”, and the generation of knowledge

How to cite this article: Cuevas-García C. [The Hospital de Especialidades “Bernardo Sepúlveda Gutiérrez”, and the generation of knowledge]. Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2016;54 Suppl 2:S116-7.



Received: November 2nd 2015

Judged: May 2nd 2016

The Hospital de Especialidades “Bernardo Sepúlveda Gutiérrez”, and the generation of knowledge

Carlos Cuevas-Garcíaa

aDirección General, Hospital de Especialidades, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Ciudad de México, México

Communication with: Carlos Cuevas-García


In this editorial we make a review of the way the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) has established a relation between knowledge and its healthworkers to improve patient care. We also mention the agreement that IMSS and CONRICyT (National Consortium of Scientific and Technological Information Resources, according to its initials in Spanish) signed in 2013 to keep promoting knowledge among its workers.

Keywords: Social security; Tertiary healthcare; Mexico

The Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) since its founding has shown a great interest in the continuing medical education of personnel responsible for the care of their patients. The main function of IMSS has always been health care for the enrolled population, and a part of the possibility of good care is that the personnel is at the forefront of knowledge. The Institute has always been concerned that information about the progress and advancement of science and the humanities should be accessible. Very prominent efforts were made for years for the Institute libraries to have books and journals that at the time formed the avant garde of science. However, over the years with the advancement of knowledge and the exponential growth of information sources, it has been increasingly difficult to get such access to information. Various recruitment efforts were made of various electronic collections that were doing their job; however, trying to cover all sources of information in all fields was becoming more complicated and costly. The emergence of evidence-based medicine created a necessity and a major challenge to provide information to everyone involved in the care of the sick. An added need for current and diverse information is established by the body of researchers working at the IMSS and getting brilliant results. A sign of institutional commitment is the publication of three journals that seek to establish a link between knowledge and the health workers of the Institute: Archives of Medical Research, the Revista de Enfermería del IMSS, and the Revista Médica del IMSS.

The problem of access to sources of knowledge is not exclusive to health workers or researchers in medical areas, but researchers and workers from all areas of science. Thus in 2009 the Secretaría de Educación Pública was given the task of coordinating an effort to bring knowledge and advances in science to the various users. To do this in 2010 CONRICyT (Consorcio Nacional de Recursos de Información Científica y Tecnológica) was created, headed by the Secretaría itself, and made up of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), the Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES), the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV), the Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG), and the Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet (CUDI), in order to build the capacity of higher education institutions and research centers so that universal technological and scientific knowledge is the domain of students, academics, researchers, and other users, expanding, consolidating, and facilitating access to scientific information in digital formats.

In 2013 IMSS joined CONRICyT, which has been a great success. Just for example we can state that in 2014 (2015 statistics are not ready) 18,769,716 full text downloads were made through IMSS, and 7,024,733 databases queries. CONRICyT currently has 12,182 titles of journals, 56,658 e-books, 70 reference databases of theses, patents, clinical cases, drugs, and open access journals. Through CONRYCyT, IMSS has outstanding resources such as JAMA, EBSCO (including Medline), Elsevier, Ovid, McGraw-Hill, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Oxford University Press, Wiley, and Up to date, in addition to a virtual training center. Currently in trial period there is: Enferteca, a specialized nursing database, Doyma (publications in Spanish), and The Lancet.

The way for IMSS employees to enter is very simple; if you are on a computer within the IMSS network, you just have to enter the CONRICyT page through the Edumed page; if you are outside the IMSS network, remote access to the CONRICyT page is requested directly, where you will be asked some occupational data such as enrollment, assignment, and so on.

We are confident that as the CONRICyT resources are used more, as IMSS workers get to know it more and the effort of the consortium to expand its resources continues, the utility will come to be even greater, so the commitment will be fulfilled to bring knowledge and sources of dissemination to users.

Conflict of interest statement: The author have completed and submitted the form translated into Spanish for the declaration of potential conflicts of interest of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and none were reported in relation to this article.

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