Three questions for a member: ETIAM

Emmanuel Cordonnier, Technical Director and co-founder of ETIAM, tells us why he joined the b<>com venture.

1. What is ETIAM?
The product of research conducted by the University Hospital of Rennes since 1983, ETIAM was created in 1996 by five engineers who specialized in the development of advanced imaging software and telemedicine applications. ETIAM's job is to allow healthcare professionals and patients to share medical images in real time, in a simple, secure fashion, in order to improve patient care. In this spirit, ETIAM is currently working on creating a telemedicine technology platform in partnership with b<>com.

"creating a telemedicine technology platform in partnership with b<>com"

2. Why did you join b<>com? Two people from ETIAM work at b<>com: I'm at IRT one day a week, and my colleague Gilles is there for a full week every other week. A third person from ETIAM will also be joining the team every other week. This is a big commitment for a small business, proof that we believe in the b<>com project. ETIAM is convinced that there is cross-fertilization between the work being conducted at b<>com and the application of that work to the field of medical imaging. Our goal in joining b<>com is to get better results than what we could have achieved internally. The idea is to benefit from the abundance of b<>com engineers to accelerate our innovation projects.

"to benefit from the abundance of b<>com engineers to accelerate our innovation projects"

We find the setting here to be ripe for innovation and developing new products. Although businesses have trouble innovating after their start-up phase, getting the company out of its comfort zone and drawing on the expertise available at b<>com represents an opportunity for ETIAM. We are also examining potential collaborations with other b<>com laboratories as part of a win-win strategy. Cloud computing, augmented medicine, big data, and network interfaces are just some of the topics that touch on our issues and will be the focus of our collaborative work over the next few months.

3. What is the purpose of the project that you're involved in?
Telemedicine is a genuine challenge in reorganizing the healthcare system. The technologies behind in-hospital medical imaging (PACS) and telemedicine (transmitting data between people) will need to converge towards better patient care. To avoid expensive investments as a result of this change, we need to start transitioning the current centralized system to a distributed system. That means redesigning the architecture into a platform for developing medical applications and gathering them into a cohesive collection. This ability to send and receive confidential medical data will allow for the development of a dizzying array of high value-added innovative applications and treatments.

"Our ambition is to develop minimalist systems that allow doctors and medical institutions to exchange medical data without expensive centralized investments"

By providing b<>com with our medical imaging platform, ETIAM Nexus, engineers and doctoral students can very quickly develop, integrate, and test the software modules directly on the platform. This saves a lot of time in moving the project along. Our ambition is to develop minimalist systems that allow doctors and medical institutions to exchange medical data without expensive centralized investments. More security and an improved clinical pathway for the patient, less time devoted to transferring patient data for specialists: That's the aim of our project.