The technological revolution has reached the health sector
Interview with Sergio Fabra of Actualmed, Innovation for Radiology
The technological revolution seems to have arrived for the health sector
An area of research that will revolutionize medicine in the future has to do with the ability of providing tools to science to develop their projects with maximum precision and speed.
One such tool for example is that ActualMed is led by two young men from Castellón, Sergio Fabra and Rafa Forcada, and can work in an efficient manner for professionals in the world of medicine that have to work with DICOM images (radiographic images).
We interviewed Sergio Fabra to learn more in depth to the point where medicine and new technologies cross.
What is Actualmed? What are you dedicated to?
We have positioned ourselves in the radiology sector, dedicating mainly to the entire computer system in radiology services in hospitals and clinics.
We have several systems. Some are responsible for storing what were plates and convert them into digital images, and then we have software that is dedicated to storage and distribution to workstations where radiologists can then diagnose and report these images.
Every time the resonance generates higher quality images that are occupying more space and it is more difficult to store. Then, thanks to this quality of our software, it allows 3D and 4D reconstructions for example, all of this allowing a better diagnosis of the highest quality.
Is this software only considered for large clinics? Can small clinics also use it?
We have systems for both large and small hospitals, even including small clinics. Right now we’ve got a new product that allows for everything to be online; therefore storing the images of what would be packs, like the diagnosis, which would report everything online thereby greatly reducing the cost in infrastructure and allowing small clinics to access that functionality.
How do you currently work with medical images in clinics?
Right now every clinic does it their way. On one side are clinics that do not use any computer system and still manage with physical plates, and there is another group of clinics that already have a workstation so they have access to these tools. Finally there is a third type of clinics that already have PACS.
And radiologists are accepting of this new way of working? Are they reluctant? Are any anchored to the way they this has always been done and will continue to do so or are they open?
At the moment it is very good because it is an advantage for the diagnosis and of course they are open to this, they are even using new features like teleradiology. Now they can even diagnose from home or from anywhere that has Internet access, which for them is an improvement.
Recently Actualmed has been honored by two organizations linked to innovation and entrepreneurs. They have received recognition for the “Best young innovative company in the Valencian Community”, with awards from the BIC with IMPIVA and the special award from Bancaja at a national level. Two awards that recognize work that is being done from a business located in Castellon in the software industry for medicine.