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Pixacare selected by ARS Ile-de-France to democratize remote monitoring of surgical wounds.

Digital Health and Surgery" call for expressions of interest.

As part of the innovative "Santé 2030" plan, the Agence Régionale de Santé d'Île-de-France has launched a call for expressions of interest targeting the development of digital tools in the field of surgery. We are proud to announce that Pixacare is one of 15 finalists, selected to present an innovative solution for remote monitoring of surgical wounds to the region's healthcare establishments.

The medico-economic challenge of surgical site infections (SSI).

In France, with some 5.8 million surgical procedures per year, the incidence of SSI is estimated at 1.64%. The economic cost of these infections is considerable, averaging €10,000 per patient, according to an estimate by the Lille University Hospital. On a national scale, this represents an annual cost of around €950 million. SSIs are a major challenge for the healthcare system, leading to prolonged hospital stays, unplanned surgery and increased care costs.

Understanding surgical site infections.

SSIs are a frequent and serious complication of post-operative care. They range from simple skin infections to more serious complications affecting deep tissues or organs. These infections, often due to contamination during or after the operation, despite aseptic precautions, can seriously compromise the patient's recovery. Prevention and early detection are therefore essential to minimize risks and ensure optimal recovery.

The dual objective of post-op telemonitoring.

Pixacare offers a remote monitoring solution for surgical wounds, with a particular focus on the early detection of surgical site infections (SSI). Our aim is twofold: to reduce morbidity linked to complications, and to avoid unnecessary travel for patients. This is crucial, as any delay in treatment can exacerbate complications.

How does remote monitoring work with Pixacare?

Follow-up begins at the hospital with Pixacare, immediately after the operation, where the care team takes photos of the scar and fills in a medical questionnaire. Once home, the patient continues to be monitored by the homecare nurse (IDEL), who does the same. The hospital receives regular updates on the patient's file, enabling rapid intervention in the event of complications.

If the wound progresses favorably, the patient continues his or her care at home, without needing to return for a consultation. However, in the event of a complication, there are two possible scenarios. On the one hand, if the IDEL detects an anomaly, he or she immediately alerts the hospital via the Pixacare messaging system. On the other hand, the hospital team may itself detect a complication by examining the photos and questionnaire answers provided by the nurse. In this case, the patient is called in for a consultation.

Our next objective is to integrate AI to automate alerts.

We plan to integrate a medical decision support system into Pixacare to optimize SSI monitoring.

ScarSpy: artificial intelligence for ISOs.

Our R&D team is working on ScarSpy, an AI specially designed to detect post-operative complications. Winner of the national "i-Lab" competition, this algorithm uses advanced machine learning and image analysis techniques to identify early signs of complications. When a complication is detected, an alert is generated and sent to healthcare professionals, enabling even faster intervention.

Partnership and future prospects

As part of this call for tenders, we are offering participating healthcare establishments a partnership to enrich the ScarSpy database.

At Pixacare, we're determined to redefine post-operative care through digital technology. Our selection by ARS Île-de-France is a further step towards this goal, and we look forward to working with healthcare institutions to improve patient care.

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