With Loamics, the Université Côte d’Azur is developing the concept of the augmented doctor

To achieve personalized medicine, data management tools are essential, especially with the rise of the IoT.

City medicine data represent an untapped gold mine, which the Côte d’Azur University in Nice intends to take advantage of to bring out the concept of the augmented doctor. As part of the Primege project (for Regional Information Platform in GENERAL MEDICINE) for which he is responsible, David Darmon uses real-life patient data to rank health problems and guide practices. to reduce hospitalizations. “Doctors cannot have the follow-up of each patient in mind. To assist them, they need tools: IoT to collect patient health data, artificial intelligence to interpret it, but above all a tool to manage this data correctly”, maintains the director of the department of teaching and research in general medicine.

“At the Université Côte d’Azur alone, we have a software park of more than 50 different software programs in general medicine.”

The major problem with health data is their heterogeneity. “Information is still sometimes written down by hand. There is no common language for terminologies and classifications, it happens that a pathology is not described in the same way by doctors, this can lead to confusion The digital tools are moreover varied: at the Université Côte d’Azur alone, we have a software park of more than 50 different software in general medicine. The same data can be in several places at the same time. I worked for five years with 15 general practitioners, who each have around 20 patients a day, this represents more than 600,000 patients in the database”, says David Darmon, who has been working on this issue for more than ten years.

This experience led him to lead the Primege project, co-financed by the Feder (European Regional Development Fund) to conduct a POC. First, David Darmon’s teams created a data model and; software by software, checked what type of information was entered by doctors and whether it was standardized. The Côte d’Azur University then joined forces with Loamics to use its database ensuring the interoperability of data between the different software solutions with one objective: to make data accessible to promote personalized medicine, hitherto drowned in the flux. “We were able to get away from the logic of forcing information to enter a database model and visualize it as needed,” says David Darmon.

Couple IoT data

Focusing on city medicine was essential for David Darmon: “Health research allocates 90% of its resources to hospital research and 10% to public health research, he explains. However, out of 1,000 people exposed to a health factor, 750 experience a symptom and try to treat themselves alone, 250 go to consult a general practitioner and only one of them arrives at the CHU.The health crisis has underlined that the exploitation of city data would make it possible to to anticipate hospitalizations and to have an epidemiological monitoring system. This is the system that we are proposing.”

“The augmented doctor’s cockpit must aggregate historical data and data arriving in real time”

A subject that is all the more important since with the rise of connected objects in health, it is necessary to have “a human network for analyzing this data so that patients do not worry unnecessarily. This must go from even,” says David Darmon. “The augmented doctor’s cockpit must indeed aggregate historical data and data arriving in real time”, indicates Stéphane Bollon, CEO of Loamics, which will allow healthcare professionals to share their data securely. With the support of Loamics, David Darmon is in discussion with certain metropolises to aggregate the environmental data from their sensors. The Université Côte d’Azur has also developed an innovation and partnership center offering patients the opportunity to share their health data via the IoT to couple environmental data with that of patients and doctors.

The first results of the POC, in the implementation of management tools, “are positive”, rejoices David Darmon. The latter is working to duplicate the Primege project since the University of Rouen is also setting up the POC. With an additional challenge: multidisciplinary care structures are integrated, adding new data flows. The long-term objective is for each region to have its own observatory for all health professionals in city medicine.

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With Loamics, the Université Côte d’Azur is developing the concept of the augmented doctor


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