Portuguese startup wants to improve health care and creates new “clinical language” in open source – Science


Facilitate the creation and interpretation of clinical protocols and help doctors to apply them effectively in their daily lives. This is the aim of UpHill Notation, the one that the Portuguese software startup hospital Up Hill says is “the first model of representation of medical protocols at international level”, which is already being used in the Luz Saúde Group.

In the case of recommendations developed based on scientific evidence to guide the action of doctors in the face of a specific health problem, clinical protocols play an important role in improving health care. However, and according to the CEO of the Portuguese startup, “until now there was no standard for designing each protocol”. Eduardo Freire Rodrigues compares this situation to “how to walk on a highway, where the signs are different in each municipality”.

To solve this that it says is a “gap”, UpHill developed an open source model, making it available for free. After being scientifically validated, each algorithm is placed in the UpHill application and is accessible to the health professionals who developed it or to the entire community. Eduardo Freire Rodrigues highlights, in a statement, the importance of this system.

UpHill team

“We hope that this notation, the first to be made available in open source internationally, will allow us to improve health processes and guarantee a high standard of quality in the use of available resources”, concludes the founder of UpHill.

In addition, the startup also created a forum to promote the discussion, and where doctors can contribute to the development of each protocol.

Founded in 2016 by three doctors, UpHill is a Portuguese company dedicated to the development of software for hospital management and clinical training. The aim is to increase the degree of effectiveness of health care.


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