The design of a clinical decision support model in intensive care units, carried out by researchers from the National University of the Northeast (Unne), received the award for “Innovation in Biomedical Engineering in Latin America 2022”, awarded by the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering (Sbeb) and Boston Scientific do Brasil. “It is an award for the level of local research and interdisciplinary work” highlighted from the team in charge of the project.
The next step will be the design and presentation of a prototype of the system for its implementation in health institutions that want to adopt the development carried out from Unne.
The Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences and Surveying (Facena) participated in the project through researchers and specialists from the Biomedical Engineering Group and the Master’s Degree in Information Technology; the private company Aliare SRL contributed in the software development stage of the product and, in addition, professionals from the Corrientes Institute of Cardiology collaborated in advising and validating the tested models.
Sofía Vallejos and Darío Báez completed their final Master’s theses as part of this project, being in charge of the experimental part, development and training of algorithms and adjustments of different models.
The “Conexiones 2022 Award” or “Sbeb and Boston Scientific Award for Innovation in Latin American Biomedical Engineering 2022” is an international competition for innovative experiences in the area of Biomedical Engineering, aimed at providing practical solutions applicable to the problems faced by biomedical systems. Universal health coverage in Latin American countries.
This distinction is awarded within the framework of the Latin American Congress of Biomedical Engineering (Claib 2022), a triennial event of the Regional Council of Biomedical Engineering for Latin America (Coral).
Along these lines, recently the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering (Sbeb) and Boston Scientific do Brasil reported that the project “Clinical Decision Support System to managing beds in ICU” or “Clinical Decision Support System for managing beds in ICU ” carried out by Unne researchers was selected as one of the winners of the contest.
The winning proposal consists of the design of a system model, based on intelligent algorithms, which helps in the definition of medical behavior, fundamentally trying to reduce the time in which the doctor defines the risk to the patient’s life.
“The recognition is very satisfactory because it supports the innovative work carried out on a very sensitive issue in the field of health, with strong potential for transfer,” agreed Dr. María Inés Pisarello, the Master Sofía Vallejos and the Master Darío Báez, researchers from the One responsible for the project.
They added that it is an award at the level of local research and interdisciplinary work, since it linked professionals from different disciplines and areas in a collaborative work context.
The award-winning initiative began more than two years ago within the framework of the “Financing Phase Zero” call, of the Sadosky Foundation, jointly between the Government, University and Companies.
Dr. Pisarello celebrated the award for referring to a booming area in terms of innovation such as Biomedical Engineering, which represents support for the different lines that are being developed within the framework of the “Unne Biomedical Engineering Group”.
In particular, regarding the project of a clinical decision support system for the management of ICU beds, he commented that it had already been presented at different scientific events in which its innovation and potential for transfer were valued.
For its part, the master. Vallejos highlighted “only with the approval of the project to be presented at the Latin American Congress of Biomedical Engineering we were already satisfied, and now we found out that we were awarded, which further endorses all the work carried out in more than two years, even in times of a pandemic”.
In this regard, he indicated that they were two years of very intense work, of tests and adjustments of algorithms and models, for which “the award constitutes a good closing to all the activity carried out”.
“It is very valuable to put the Unne in the foreground of Latin America,” the councilor insisted.
Meanwhile, the master Báez pointed out that the project has concluded the stage of defining the optimal model to be used, and was successfully validated with data from real patients and the follow-up of specialists in intensive care.
To conclude, Dr. Pisarello stressed that the project, in addition to providing a system to optimize clinical decision-making, will also contribute to the training of human resources in Medical Engineering, which is a necessity in the region.
They work together in a software startup
“Not everyone does a Master’s thesis at this level without being fully inserted in the academic field,” said Dr. Pisarello, in relation to the magisters Vallejos and Báez who have their main work/professional activities in other areas outside of teaching and university research.
Until 2019, Magister Vallejos performed teaching tasks in the Programming and Robotics Diploma (Facena-Unne) and since that year she has been a councilor for the city of Corrientes, while Master Báez, although he carries out teaching tasks accompanying final projects of career in the Facena-Unne Information System degree, his main tasks are fulfilled as a tertiary level teacher and in the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Province of Corrientes. Both also work together in a software systems venture.