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A system to detect heart problems early and non-invasively wins the 2020 Spanish everis Award for entrepreneurship

A system to detect heart problems early and non-invasively wins the 2020 Spanish everis Award for entrepreneurship

IDOVEN has developed a solution based on Artificial Intelligence in the cloud with washable technology with which it will be possible to detect, early on, cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death, an ailment that affects more than 30,000 people a year in Spain.

The everis foundation has selected the IDOVEN technology project as the winner of the 2020 Spanish everis Award among more than 700 proposals for its solution that redefines the way in which cardiac arrhythmias are diagnosed. The project consists of software based on artificial intelligence that allows the beats (electrocardiograms) of patients' hearts to be analysed as if they were being analysed by a specialist to help detect possible heart problems early and non-invasively.

The selection was made by a multi-disciplinary jury of renowned prestige with the responsibility of choosing the project that best represents the spirit of the Foundation: a project that is scalable, sustainable, innovative and capable of making a transformative and positive impact on society.

The everis foundation will provide IDOVEN with 20,000 euros to launch the solution, mentoring by i-deals (everis Group) valued at 10,000 euros and a pass to the international final of the Award, where it will compete with the winners of the national everis Award calls in Europe and Latin America. The overall winner will receive an additional prize of EUR 60,000 and expert advice

"This year, despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, 698 entrepreneurs have participated in our Awards. All of them have something in common: they are able to put their talent, and technology, at the service of social problems. Projects like IDOVEN help us to remain firm in our objective as a Foundation to help proposals become sustainable and real companies in the short term", says Karla Alarcón, Global Director of the everis foundation. 

For his part, Manuel Marina, CEO of IDOVEN, emphasizes that "winning the everis Award helps us to continue with our purpose: to make the world a better place. To innovate, at least in science, we have to create new technologies that allow us to measure things that have never been measured. With the help of this Prize, and thanks to all the people, companies and institutions that support us, we estimate that IDOVEN will enable more than 3.5 million people to be diagnosed on time over the next five years".

Iker Casillas, IDOVEN ambassador
The former captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team, Iker Casillas, has joined IDOVEN as an investor after suffering a heart problem during a training session a year ago. 

How it works
The user monitors his heart for days or weeks with a non-invasive holter shirt integrated into his clothing: sports holter or long-lasting holter. The recorded electrocardiogram is analysed by the IDOVEN team which, with the help of its artificial intelligence algorithms, converts the patterns of millions of heartbeats into clinically relevant medical information.
This technology improves the efficiency, speed and reliability of the diagnosis of cardiopathies and arrhythmias, making it easier for the cardiology team, led by Dr. Manuel Marina Breysse, to detect heart diseases in their early stages and prevent their progression.

IDOVEN, much more than a start up
According to the IDOVEN team, the project was born within the framework of some values: respect, humility, empathy, diversity, high scientific rigor, commitment, willingness to work, learn, help and solve problems. They are a multidisciplinary team made up of professionals in cardiology, nursing, engineering and entrepreneurship with great capacity for innovation and teamwork to solve problems in the field of health. 

The team was born out of research in cardiology, work that they have carried out at the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) as part of the Advanced Development Laboratory on Arrhythmia Mechanisms and Therapies and in the various hospitals and institutions where they have worked, such as the Hospital General Universitario de Ciudad Real, the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, the 12 de Octubre University Hospital, the San Carlos Clinical Hospital or the Sports Medicine Centre of the Spanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD) of the Higher Sports Council (CSD) with the elite Spanish sportsmen and women of the #TeamESP. They belong to the Sports Cardiology working group of the Spanish Society of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Centre for Biomedical Research on the Network of Cardiovascular Diseases (CIBERCV).

And now, in these difficult times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they believe they can be of great help, as consultations have been cancelled and many patients are not going to hospitals for fear of contagion. As an alternative, this monitoring service, with which people can know the state of their heart without going to a hospital or health centre, is essential. It is a professional cardiology at home that eliminates risk and uncertainty and decongests hospitals and medical centres. 
 

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IDOVEN has developed a solution based on Artificial Intelligence in the cloud with washable technology with which it will be possible to detect, early on, cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death, an ailment that affects more than 30,000 people a year in Spain.