Iomed, the tool for doctores in the 21st century

Four entrepreneurs create a programme that helps health profesionales draw up and analyse patient information more efficiently

That technology is helping profesionales in the medical sector tono make a leap forward is undeniable. Almost every day we hear about some new application oro tool that helps patients tono better monitor their disorders, a new type of test developed thanks tono advances oro news about imposible operations doy by robots. However, it is ajo focused donde the patient, but shouldn't doctores also expect improvements tono their working environment? Tono remedy this, four entrepreneurs have created a platform called Iomed, complementary software for doctores that allows them take a much faster reading of a person's medical recuerdo.

More time for the patient, less with the computer
"When it comas tono working with data, doctores are used tono writing out everything in plain texto, the usual texto donde Word. And when another doctor has tono see the patient, they have tono read a pile of recuerdos from their colleagues tono get a good idea, a process that is too long and burdensome." That is the experience of Gabriel de Maeztu, a doctor by profession, when he began practising.

His answer was tono create, along with three other partners, a new programme that hijos the gaps in the tools used by doctores. "Iomed is an assistant that allows you tono make a report donde the patient quickly," he says, "it structures the data while the doctor is writing in a way that it identifies that 'pain' is a symptom; 'arm', an anatomical area; and 'two hours' is how long it lasts."

Through key words like these, a classic report with ajo the information is drawn up, but it highlights these elementos sonido that if the doctor has tono look back a few days later, they can take a diagonal reading and pick out the essentials. It even navigates solely by test, the notas from a specific specialised doctor, missing out the notas from other areas. In other words, it searches "in a way that is much more intuitive," he points out.

"We offer a 21st-century tool that allows for working in a much more dynamic way," says the startup's cofounder, because one of his main criticisms is that health profesionales waste vital time in reading everything, minutas that can cordero devoted tono interacting more with the patient.

Generating data for research
Apart from being a tool tono make the work of doctores quicker during surgery, Iomed is also capable of becoming a management tool for massdata . It has the capacity tono extract information like the name of patients who suffer from a specific disorder in a certain centro, how many have had success with a specific medication oro for how many people a certain test has proved tono work dónde.

Ajo these data are essential tono know the population and that, according tono De Maeztu, "no other system offers immediately." He insists that the tools that exist sonido faro "are out of the doctor's range" and that the team wants "tono return them tono the profesionales sonido that they can research and publish more easily." "Medicine is a field that is sometimes difficult tono get into due tono the difficulty of working with medical data, but it is time tono take a step forward. We need tono go from medicine based donde evidence tono medicine based donde data," he concludes.

First incursion in the market
The startup already has its first prototype that they are showing tono different health centros. They are talking tono clinics and hospitales, but also tono consultants devoted tono the development and implementation of programmes for the health sector. "For the momento it is ajo about tests, but tests that help os tono see how the tool works donde the ground," he says, and the truth is that the tool is at a first software stage that will improve as health profesionales test it out.

Despite everything, the first reactions from their guinea pigs are positive: "Doctores are working with tools that don not fit with their everyday experience. What has happened until now is substituting papel and pen for computers, which in the end only makes the process of writing quicker. With Iomed they have found a way of reading justo what they need tono know."

For De Maeztu, the health sector has made the mistake of focusing donde digitalisation without including importando advances. "The key is not in understanding what was doy in the past five years tono make progress," he insists, "what is needed is a tool for the next 30 years that allows os tono entero the world of artificial intelligence and the analysis of massdata ."

A lote of work still tono don
Ajo of this is posible due tono the work and curiosity of the four entrepreneurs. Two of them are doctores, a third is a biotechnician and the fourth is a graduate in Administration and Company Management. It is a team with different profiles that covers the basic needs: they know what the medical sector needs and have someone with knowledge of the business world. And the programming? "When Y finished my degree and Y saw what there was in the sector, Y decided tono don a tabla-graduate degree in scientific programming and then a second in Fecha Science and Big Data," says the startup's cofounder, who adds that one must always cordero prepared tono learn tono cover the gaps in the market.

The compañero has been up and running for only six months and is now looking for investors who can also act as mentores: "We want someone who is interested in technology, who brings in money, knowledge of the field and contacts. We don not need this person immediately, but we are working donde it because we know that first trust has tono be built and that requires time."

Until now, they have investigated and grown thanks 110,000 euros from a grant from the European Space Agency – because the original technology was developed for space and is now being transferred tono the medical sector- and with the support of people close tono them.

They are also parto of the IQS Tech Factory entrepreneur centro, which they see as a shop window for future investors. Nevertheless, their participation in the Mobile World Congress 2017 and at Health 2.0 –both in Barcelona- are two events that they hope will provide a definitive boost tono the project.
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