Liège startup plays key part in fight against corona by easing sharing of medical images between hospitals

May 2020 Health Innovation Willem van Altena

Behind the global challenge to conquer the corona crisis, a start-up tech company from Liège plays a significant role. The software and user interfaces developed by Osimis allow super-fast, secure and remote sharing of medical images between hospitals and experts all over the world. This technology, today used around the globe, allows gains in efficiency and speed that are precious in the diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19.

Dilemma

At the core of the solution developed by Osimis is Orthanc, an open-source server which has already been downloaded more than 300.000 times in about 200 countries. Orthanc addresses a common dilemma for many hospitals: they rely more and more on medical imaging but image sharing is a slow, complex and often costly process.

Osimis designed Orthanc to be accessible from any location via an internet connection, and without any restriction regarding the imaging servers used. This allows for secure remote image analysis as well as faster and easier information sharing between experts from different hospitals.

Osimis is a tech startup, pioneering in medical imaging software, based at the University hospital of Liège. The company has been founded less than 5 years ago specifically to develop services around this breakthrough technology. Frédéric Lambrechts, Osimis CEO, says: “Our objective is to help doctors and patients in their care pathway. Today more than ever our mission makes sense. We are very proud to offer a technology and platforms that allow to fight more efficiently against Covid-19 by winning precious time for diagnosis, and thus for treatment.”

Awards

Orthanc was developed by Sébastien Jodogne, now Chief Science Officer at Osimis in 2015, and has won numerous national and international awards. Numerous hospitals across the world now use this innovative technology. In Belgium, these include the University Hospital of Liège, but also the Jules Bordet Institute, the Saint-Pierre Ottignies Clinic, the CHR Citadelle, the CHC, Erasme Hospital and tge  University Hospital Saint-Pierre. Hospitals in far-flung places like Braxil, the United States, China, Germany, France also share medical images using Orthanc. Besides hospitals, Orthanc is also being used by tech giants such as Google and General Electric.  

More information can be found on the Osimis website.

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