The health crisis has exacerbated the shortcomings of the French health system, especially with regard to emergencies. Nursing homers have been on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic for many years. The situation is now about to be repeated with the second wave. To cope, innovative companies are working on technological solutions. Artificial intelligence is now a top choice. In the treatment of emergencies as well as for operations or the follow-up of patients. New developments that improve both the quality of work of health care workers and the conditions of care of patients.
De-cluttering emergencies with artificial intelligence
In 2016, emergency services in France recorded 21 million crossings. Year after year, this number continues to increase. So much so that in 20 years, the number of admissions has doubled. In fact, there were 10.1 million crossings in 1996 in metropolitan France (1). At the same time, the number of beds continued to decline, exacerbating the problems of reception. In times of Covid,as in the general epidemic, the concern for overcrowding of emergencies is all the more problematic. For good reason, the accumulation of patients in the same place makes emergency departments the ideal incubators for viruses. Aware of the structural, organisational and technological difficulties of the hospital system, companies are developing cutting-edge technologies to improve patient care.
For example, Milvue uses AI to speed up the reading of emergency imaging exams (2). A technology that helps radiologists with real-time treatment. As well as sorting cases in order of priority.
AI interprets X-rays through “deep learning.” She learns to categorize X-rays from the data given to her by the experts. After being trained, the machine is able to continue to progress on its own.
On Bordeaux, a centre of excellence on health, other renowned Bordeaux start-ups have taken the issue of Covid-19 to heart (3). In particular, SimforHealth has set out to create a training solution dedicated to the management of symptomatic patients. Set up with the Bordeaux University Hospital, the #learntofight scheme was then referenced by the Ministry of Solidarity and Health. In the same vein, Synapse Medicine has made available covid19-medicaments.com. An initiative to allow symptomatic people to check if a drug could worsen their symptoms. She has also worked with the Bordeaux University Hospital to develop a platform dedicated to the Coverage clinical trial.
Bordeaux, a land of innovation to reinvent the care system
New Aquitaine and bordeaux more precisely has established itself as a stronghold ofhealth innovation (4). With a reference ICT Health cluster, GIPSO as a pharmaceutical cluster, a centre of excellence in biomaterials, a network teeming with innovative start-ups, or research centres, the Bordeaux region is gaining a definite advantage.
Among the innovative companies that have chosen Bordeaux to develop are Satelia, created in 2017. Dedicated to simplifying the remote monitoring of heart failure, the company has worked with the Bordeaux University Hospital to evolve its solution. In this way, patients are followed from home while remaining fully informed. Since March 2020, Satelia solutions have been on the market in Italy, Germany and Portugal.
Other companies have taken a very different approach. This is particularly the case for MySofie, which uses augmented intelligence technologies to aggregate health benefits and communicate more simply with insurance companies.
Bordeaux Métropole also welcomes companies whose work is already recognized internationally. SOPHiA GENETICS has joined MIT Review’s list of the 50 Smartest Companies. It is also one of the 10 most innovative biotechs in the world according to Fast Company magazine. Its solution is based on artificial intelligence to refine diagnoses and better treat patients with cancers or genetic diseases. After a first research centre in Bidart in the Netherlands, SOPHiA GENETICS opted at the end of 2018 for a second location in the Photonic City of Pessac (5). It must be said that the company had already found its happiness on the spot by buying the software Nénuphar. Developed by Inria and SATT Aquitaine Sciences Transfer, it testifies if needed to the rare skills available in the Bordeaux territory.
“Emergency Medicine,” Health Facilities, 2018 edition, DREES
Press release “Enhanced Intelligence to Smooth Emergencies,” Milvue, 27 October 2020
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