ICT interdisciplinary research group

Francesc Saigí-Rubió

Associate professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
ORCID: 0000-0001-9616-1551
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Dr Francesc Saigí is an associate professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). He is currently director of the World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centre for eHealth at the same faculty.

His main research focuses include the definition, implementation and evaluation of new telemedicine services, such as the analysis of the technological and non-technological determinants affecting ICT use by health professionals, and the analysis of how e-health impacts on health system users’ and patients’ state of health. Since he began his “professional journey” with the UOC, he has simultaneously dedicated his time to finding innovative approaches to training in the health sector and using social media to exchange knowledge about health.

He has participated in nine R&D projects, for four of which he was the principal investigator, and six teaching innovation projects, for five of which he also acted as the principal investigator. He is also the co-author of more than 30 articles that have either been published or accepted in peer-reviewed journals, 27 of which are JCR-indexed; more than a dozen in non-indexed journals, mainly related to e-health; and more than 20 publications in academic and research books.

He is the founder of and scientific advisor at CICUT (Latin American University Collaboration Cluster in Telemedicine), and principal investigator for the CYTED – RITMOS Network (Ibero-American network for mobile technologies in health) Ref. 515RT0498).


Puigdomènech E, Saigí F, Zamora A, Moharra M3, Paluzié G, Balfegó M, Cuatrecasas G, Carrion C. A modified Delphi for validating and selecting the assessment criteria for weight and obesity management Apps. J Med Internet Res, 2020

Alvarez-Lopez F, Maina MF, Saigí-Rubió F. Use of the Leap Motion Controller™ for basic motor skills learning in minimally invasive surgery. Report on the development of a low-cost portable 3D virtual reality simulator SIMISGEST-VR. Face and content validity study Face & content validity study of SIMISGEST-VR      . JMIR 2020

David Lacasta Tintorer,Josep Maria Manresa Domínguez,Ana I Jiménez-Zarco,Teresa Rodríguez-Blanco,Souhel Flayeh Beneyto,Pere Torán-Monserrat, Xavier Mundet and Francesc Saigí-Rubió. Efficiency as a determinant of loyalty among users of a Community of Clinical Practice: a comparative study between the implementation and consolidation phases. BMC Fam Pract 21, 15 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-020-1081-x

Puigdomènech E, Saigí F, Zamora A, Moharra M3, Paluzié G, Balfegó M, Cuatrecasas G, Garcia-Lorda P and Carrion C. How is the efficacy, safety and effectiveness of weight control and obesity management apps assessed? A systematic review. J Med Internet Res, 2019

Sendín-Martín M, Jiménez-Zarco A, Saigí-Rubió F, Conejo-Mir J, Pereyra-Rodriguez JJ. Determinants of the Intention to Use Teledermatology: Evidence From Dermatologists and Primary Care Physicians. JMIR Dermatol 2019; 2(1):e14459.DOI: 10.2196/14459

Hernández-Encuentra E. et al. (2019) Perceptions and Needs with Regard to Technologies for Professional Practice. In: García-Alonso J., Fonseca C. (eds) Gerontechnology. IWoG 2018. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1016. pp 48-61 Springer, Cham

Alvarez-Lopez F, Maina MF, Saigí-Rubió F. Use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf Devices for the Detection of Manual Gestures in Surgery: Systematic Literature Review. J Med Internet Res 2019; 21(5):e11925. DOI: 10.2196/11925

Torrent-Sellens J, Díaz-Chao Á, Soler-Ramos I, Saigí-Rubió F*. Modeling and Predicting Outcomes of eHealth Usage by European Physicians: Multidimensional Approach from a Survey of 9196 General Practitioners. J Med Internet Res 2018 | vol. 20 | iss. 10 | e279 | p.1

David Lacasta Tintorer, Dr; Josep Maria Manresa Domínguez, Ph.D.; Enriqueta Pujol-Rivera, Ph.D.; Souhel Flayeh Beneyto; Xavier Mundet Tuduri, Ph.D.; Francesc Saigí-Rubió*, Ph.D. Keys to success of a Community of Clinical Practice in primary care: A qualitative evaluation of the ECOPIH project. BMC Family Practice. 2018

Novillo-Ortiz D, D’Agostino M, Dumit-Bechara E, Talbot Kelley E, Torrent-Sellens J, Jiménez-Zarco A and Saigí-Rubió F*. Digital health in the Americas: advances and challenges in connected health. BMJ Innovation 2018.

DavidNovillo-Ortiz, HeimarDe Fátima Marin. Francesc Saigí-Rubió*. The role of digital health in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2018. DOI information: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2018.03.011

Novillo-Ortiz D, Hernández-Pérez T, Saigí-Rubió F. An analysis of national health authorities in the Spanish-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries. International Journal of Medical Informatics 2017, 100, pp. 46–55. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.01.013

Saigí-Rubió F, Novillo Ortiz D, Piette JD. Red CYTED-RITMOS: hacia la búsqueda de soluciones para fomentar la salud móvil en América Latina. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2017;41:eXX

Torrent-Sellens J, Díaz-Chao Á, Soler-Ramos I, Saigí-Rubió F*. Modelling and Predicting eHealth Usage in Europe: A Multidimensional Approach From an Online Survey of 13,000 European Union Internet Users. J Med Internet Res 2016;18(7):e188 DOI: 10.2196/jmir.5605 PMID: 27450189

Francesc Saigi Rubió*; Ana Isabel Jiménez Zarco; Joan Torrent Sellen Determinants of the intention to use Telemedicine: evidence from Primary Care Physicians. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 2016.

Alvarez-Lopez F, Maina MF, Saigí-Rubió F. Natural User Interfaces: Is It a Solution to Accomplish Ubiquitous Training in Minimally Invasive Surgery? Surg Innov 2016 Aug;23(4):429-30. doi: 10.1177/1553350616639145

Jordi Sarlé Rubí, Joan González Anglarill, Rosalía Ramón Fondevill, Francesc Saigí-Rubió, Luis Fernández Luque. Prospective analysis of the implementation of healthcare telemedicine between prisons in the area of Catalonia (Spain). International Journal of Integrated Care 2016, 16(6): A53, pp. 1-8, DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.2996

guilar-Martínez A, Tort E, Medina FX, Saigí-Rubió F*. Uso de las aplicaciones móviles para el abordaje de la obesidad: un análisis según los profesionales. Gac Sanit 2015; 29:419-24 -DOI: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2015.07.014,.

Lacasta D, Flayeh S, Manresa JM, Torán-Monserrat P, Jiménez-Zarco A, Torrent-Sellens J, Saigí-Rubió F*. Understanding the discriminant factors that influence the adoption and use of clinical communities of practice: the ECOPIH case. BMC Health Services Research journal 2015.

Tort E, Aguilar-Martínez A, Medina FX, Saigí-Rubió F*. Vision for professionals on the possibilities of use and features of the mobile applications for the treatment of obesity and overweight. Aten Primaria. 2015 Jun 10. pii: S0212-6567(15)00164-X. doi: 10.1016/j.aprim.2015.04.004

Ana Isabel Jiménez-Zarco*, Inés González-González, Francesc Saigí-Rubió, Joan Torrent-Sellens. The co-learning process in healthcare professionals: Assessing user satisfaction in virtual communities of practice. Computers in Human Behavior, 2014.

Francesc Saigí-Rubió*, Joan Torrent-Sellens, Ana Jiménez-Zarco. Drivers of telemedicine use: comparative evidence from samples of Spanish, Colombian and Bolivian physicians. Implementation Science. 2014.

Villalobos, J., Saigi, F*., Torrent, J., Jiménez, A., Ojeda, A. El infeciente uso de las TIC’s en la atención a la salud. Gaceta Sanitaria. Núm. 196, ISSN.0213-9111. 2014

Alicia Aguilar-Martínez, Josep M Solé-Sedeño, Gemma Mancebo-Moreno, F Xavier Medina, Ramon Carreras-Collado and Francesc Saigí-Rubió*. Use of mobile phones as a tool for weight loss: a systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2014

Ángel Díaz Chao; Joan Torrent Sellens; David Lacasta Tintorer; Francesc Saigi Rubió*. Improving Integrated Care: Modelling the performance of an online community of practice. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2014

Ruiz Morilla MD*, Soldevila Fontelles A, Saigí F, Giménez N. Telemedicine in primary health care: How it affects professionals. Revista de Calidad Asistencial. 2014

David Lacasta Tintorer*, Souhel Flayeh Beneyto1, Xavier Alzaga Reig, Xavier Mundet Tuduri, Josep Anton De la Fuente, Josep Maria Manresa, Pere Torán Monserrat and Francesc Saigí Rubió. Impact of the implementation of an online network support tool among clinicians of Primary Health Care and Specialists: ECOPIH Project. BMC Family Practice, 146/14, 2013

Aguilar, FX Medina., JA Pons, F. Saigí*. Challenges and opportunities of the 2.0 tools for the interdisciplinary study of nutrition: the case of the Mediterranean Diet Wiki. Journal of the University and Knowledge Society (RUSC). 2013

Saigí F*, Cerdá I, Guanyabens J, Carrau E. Personal Health Record: the case of Personal Health Folder of Catalonia. Gaceta Sanitaria, 2012

Roig F. Saigí F. (2011). Telemedicine normalisation: a new version of an old problem? Health Information Management Journal 40 (2), A9-A12

F. Roig*, F. Saigí. 2011. Barriers to the normalization of telemedicine in a healthcare system model based on purchasing of healthcare services using providers’ contracts. Gaceta Sanitaria, 5/25 , Pages: 397 – 402.

F. Roig*, F. Saigí. 2011. Facilitators in the implantation of telemedicine services. Perspective of the Professional involved in its design and implementation. Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra, 34/2 , Pages:235 – 244

Saigí F*. 2011. Social networks for teaching and learning: the case of Telemedicine Laboratory. Gaceta Sanitaria , 25 , Pages: 254 – 256

Saigí F*. Red de colaboración científica para afrontar los problemas de salud del siglo XXI. Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas Quito, 35(1): 51-55. 2010

F. Roig*, F. Saigí. 2009. Difficulties of incorporating telemedicine in health organizations: Analytical perspectives. Gaceta Sanitaria , 2/23 , Pages: 147 – 151

Patricia Gil-Rodriguez, Eva; Martinez Ruiz, Ignacio; Alesanco Iglesias, Alvaro; et ál. Organizational, contextual and user-centered design in e-health: Application in the area of telecardiology. Conferencia: 3rd Symposium of the Workgroup Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering of the Austrian Computer Society Ubicación: Graz, AUSTRIA Fecha: NOV 22, 2007. HCI AND USABILITY FOR MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE, PROCEEDINGS   Colección: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volumen: 4799 Páginas: 69. 2007

Francesc Saigi Rubió; Núria Climent; Núria Piqué ; César Sánchez ; Susana Merino ; Xavier Rubires ; Alicia Aguilar Martínez; Joan Tomás ; Miquel Regué*. 1999. Genetic analysis of the Serratia marcescens N28b O4 antigen gene cluster. Journal of Bacteriology, 181/6 , Pages: 1883 – 1891

Xavier Rubires; Francesc Saigi Rubió; Núria Piqué; Núria Climent; Susana Merino; Sebastian Alberti; Joan M. Tomàs; Miquel Regué*. 1997. A gene rfbX from Serratia marcescens N28b (O4) complements the rfb-50 mutation of Escherichi coli K12 derivatives. Journal of Bacteriology , 179 , Pages: 7581 – 7586 – 360) 2003.

Books & book chapters:

Conesa Caralt J, Gañán Jiménez D, Pérez Navarro A, Nieto Luna R, Ruiz Pérez G, Saigi Rubió F. et al. Positive Cognitive Restructuring Through an App Based on Context Messages. En: Brandes U, Tagarelli A, Reddy C, editors. IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM). [Internet] IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; 2018. p. 958-962 [citat 12 Feb 2019] Disponible a: 10.1109/ASONAM.2018.8508849

Francesc Saigí Rubió, José Juan Pereyra Rodríguez, Rubén Nieto Luna, Alicia Aguilar Martínez, Corpus Gómez Calderón, Carme Carrion Ribas, José Enrique Pérez Palaci, Ana Jiménez Zarco, Antoni Baena García y Andrea Barbiero. Recomendaciones para el desarrollo de aplicaciones móviles de salud. Novillo-Ortiz D, editor. Washington D.C.: Pan American Health Organization, PAHO. (En prensa).

Acevedo Arroyave, Luis Miguel; Saigí-Rubió, Francesc; García Vargas, Diana Cristina; Gómez Bustamante, Tatiana (2017). “Maestría en Telesalud: una experiencia educativa de colaboración internacional virtual al servicio de la salud en Colombia” en “Educación Bimodal: Investigación + Tecnología + Innovación en América Latina” (XXIII Congreso Internacional sobre Educación Bimodal (B-Learning). Editorial Corporación CIMTED. ISBN: 978-958-59518-8-4. Pp. 217-230. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 2017.

Saigí, F. La formación universitaria frente al desarrollo de la e-Salud. En: María J. Miranda (UNEX), Paulo Moreira (ENSPL). E-Salud: Innovación en Educación y Promoción de la Salud. In press.

Saigí-Rubió F, Jiménez-Zarco, A, Torrent-Sellens J, Carrion C, Lopez Jaramillo, JI et al. eHealth in the Region of the Americas: breaking down the barriers to implementation. Results of the World Health Organization’s Third Global Survey on eHealth. Novillo-Ortiz D, editor. Washington D.C.: Pan American Health Organization, PAHO; 2016. [acceso 12 de diciembre de 2016]. Disponible en [http://iris.paho.org/xmlui/handle/123456789/31286]

Villalobos Hidalgo J, Carrion C, García-Lorda P, Novillo D, Saigí-Rubió F (2016). Digital Health: The necessary reengineering of health care. In ICT in Health 2015. Survey on the use of Information and Communication Technologies in Brazilian Healthcare Facilities. Magma Editorial Ltda., Aloisio Milani e Alexandre Pavan, São Paulo, Brasil. ISBN 978-85-5559-033-7

Villalobos Hidalgo J, Carrion C, García-Lorda P, Novillo D, Saigí-Rubió F (2016). Pesquisa sobre o uso das tecnologias de informação e comunicação nos estabelecimentos de saúde brasileiros [livro eletrônico]: TIC Saúde 2015 = Survey on the use of information and communication technologies in brazilian health care facilities: ICT in health 2015 / [coordenação/coordination Alexandre F. Barbosa]. — São Paulo: Comitê Gestor da Internet no Brasil, 2016. (Disponible en línea. Fecha de consulta: 15 de enero del 2017). [http://cetic.br/media/docs/publicacoes/2/tic_saude_2015_livro_eletronico.pdf].

Saigí-Rubió F, Torrent-Sellens J, Soler I, Almazán C, Kotzeva A et al. Framework for the Implementation of a Telemedicine Service. Novillo-Ortiz D, editor. Washington D.C.: Pan American Health Organization, PAHO; 2016.

Saigí-Rubió F, Jiménez-Zarco AI, Torrent-Sellens J, Carrión Ribas C, López Jaramillo JI, Gómez Calderón C. eHealth in the Region of the Americas: breaking down the barriers to implementation. Results of the World Health Organization’s Third Global Survey on eHealth. Novillo-Ortiz D, editor. Washington D.C.: Pan American Health Organization, PAHO; 2016.

Villalobos-Hidalgo J, Saigi-Rubió F (eds.), Sacoto F, Rodríguez E, Martínez M. Sistemas de salud de Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Editorial: Oberta UOC Publishing, SL. Colección: SEHEN. ISBN: 9788491161738

Francesc Saigí Rubió (Ed.) Salud Móvil y Software Libre. Editorial: Editorial UOC: 1-116. ISBN: 978-84-9029-883-1. Depósito legal: B. 14.483-2013

Alicia Aguilar Martínez; Francesc Saigi Rubió (2009). Els hàbits alimentaris. EdiUOC Editorial UOC. 1 – 105.

Gil E.P., Martinez Ruiz I., Alesanco Iglesias A., García Moros J., Saigí F. Organizational, Contextual and User-Centered Design in e-Health: Application in the area of Telecardiology. A. Holzinger (Ed.): USAB 2007, LNCS 4799. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg (69–82). 2007.

Pablo Lara Navarra; Josep M. Duart Montoliu; Francesc Saigi Rubió; Federico Borges Sáiz. Advances in Technology-Base Education: Toward a Knowledge-Based Society – Information Management in the Design of Online Educational Contents Junta de Extremadura (356 – 360) 2003