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Start-up OHS

AB - 31/08/2015

OHS, digital simulation in the service of medical training

Hugo Talbot’s ambition is to create digital tools that will help to simplify the training of future doctors. As leader of the Open Health Simulation (OHS) project that is part of the Mimesis team, this young researcher is currently working on the simulation of real-time cardiac electrophysiology.

The subject of your research could indeed revolutionise the teaching of medicine…

Hugo Talbot  : Thanks to digital technology, my aim is to democratise access to and use of medical simulations throughout the university teaching hospitals. In recent years, numerous innovations in medicine have emerged that are designed to optimise surgical procedures as well as reduce the time patients have to spend in hospitaland accordingly the cost of healthcare. Starting from the principle that doctors are trained on the basis of intense theoretical learning with the help of expensive literature, followed by practical teaching under the supervision of an experienced clinician, our research team considered that it was possible to improve this process. This would happen through relying on computing to accelerate training…

On what specific project are you working?

Hugo Talbot  : Thanks to the SOFA platform developed through the Inria research teams MimesisAsclepiosDefrost and Shacra, we are currently capable of reproducing, by means of calculation, the electrical activity of a patient’s heart. In the case of cardiology, this technology will make it possible to enrich courses by means of a training phase on a simulator. Many stages still remain to be perfected until the mathematical models can be validated, but we are making good progress. I should also remind you that nothing can replace actual medical practice, in which human intervention will always be essential.

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Where does your interest lie in finding a solution to the problem?

Hugo Talbot :  I was not originally destined to become a researcher. I studied mechanical engineering without really imaging what my future might be if I continued along this route. I subsequently graduated with a double degree, in 2010, from the INSA in Lyon and from the Technological Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany, where I worked on a research project dedicated to modelling the liver. In October 2010, I joined Inria as a doctoral candidate, then as a research engineer, working in the teams specialising in medical simulation. Last March, I suggested a new project to the team, that of Open Health Simulation(OHS), software in the service of medicine. This project was awarded a prize in the  "Start-up" category of the i-LAB 2015 national competition and it is indeed destined to bear the name of the start-up category we plan to create.

What key elements will enable your project to succeed?

Hugo Talbot : I think it is imperative to be convinced and motivated. For my part, I have no doubt as to the potential of our research. Proposing a medical simulation tool to practitioners and students could encourage them to be more innovative in their treatments. It could act as a creative springboard. Furthermore, I sincerely believe that in France, if one has an innovative idea, a lot of doors will be opened. There are numerous structures that facilitate the creation of companies and I fully intend to make use of them.

Keywords: Start-up Hugo Talbot Simulating surgical procedures Open Health Simulation I-Lab

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