According to Marie Lavoie, co-founder of the company, healthcare professionals can spend more than 30 hours a week taking notes and filling out forms. (Photo: courtesy / Trium Médias)
The regional company specialized in digital CoeurWay plans to launch an application in January 2024 that will make it easier for health professionals to take notes. Instead of filling out administrative forms by hand, they will use voice recognition, which should allow them to spend more time with their patients.
Marie Lavoie, who founded the company with her partner Antoine, highlights that the software in preliminary alpha version is already used by nursing students at Cégep de Chicoutimi. In September, a hundred professionals will also test another preliminary beta version to improve it.
“The application, accessible from a computer, tablet or phone, records the voice and the note is generated automatically and in a standardized format, respecting the demands of professional order. It is not the time that professionals lack, it is the paperwork that is left over,” he mentions.
And he adds: “a statistic says that if we could automate note-taking in the health system, it would be equivalent to adding 1,600 doctors to the network. This is a great addition! That is why we are in talks with the Ministry of Health to make it accessible throughout the province.”
CoeurWay recently received $250,000 from an anonymous private investor, allowing it to continue developing its platform. A helping hand appreciated by the young mother of Innu origin who lives in Saguenay.
“What this allows us to do is continue the investigation. This funds the project before having sales and revenue for another round of financing. We are really interested in technological innovation and it is not always easy when you are in the region like us. We consider ourselves really lucky. But we cannot rest on our laurels. We continue to work hard. The passion is there and the team is well united.”
CoeurWay was also recently selected for the Esplanade Québec Acceleration program. Thus, starting in September, the regional company will have the help of experts from the health sector to continue developing its project.
“We will have support from people specialized in health. We also have a good network of contacts to open doors at other levels of the CIUSSS. We start with Quebec and for us it is important that it is accessible in French. There are already similar technologies available, but only in English.”
According to Marie Lavoie, healthcare professionals can spend more than 30 hours a week taking notes and filling out forms.
“We want to offer them a solution so they can focus more on their patients. It will really eliminate paperwork.”