#14 Dr Gabriel Maeztu - Medical Doctor, Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist

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In this episode we speak with Gabriel Maeztu who is the Co-Founder and & Chief Data Scientist at IOMED Medical Solutions. We talk about:

- his background, how he went from medicine to data science and how he combines medicine, data science & entrepreneurship
- how to start coding when everyone around you tell you you’re crazy
- image processing in medicine, using scikit learn to classify patients
- how to use data science to validate what you’re taught in medical school
- economical Incentives of the medical system that is probably slowing down progress in the data space
- GAFAs: Google Apple Facebook Amazon in medical data
- value based care built on data science
- NLP/text processing in medicine
- current & future data challenges in medicine and much, much more!

Gabriel tells us about his company IOMED Medical Solutions (https://iomed.es/) where they have built an intelligent scheduling system for outpatient clinics that uses the patient history and their likelihood to have or get certain diseases in order to prioritise their visits and assist doctors in providing better care.

When discussing Electronic Health Records (EHR) also known as Personal Health Records PHR we talk about a couple of standards that are making it easier:

We talk about international file standards that are trying to address interoperability issues in medicine such as:

  • Health Level-7 or HL7 which is a set of international standards for transfer of clinical and administrative data between software applications. We talk about this regarding the interoperability in medicine (http://www.hl7.org/)
  • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced "fire") is a draft standard describing data formats and elements (known as "resources") and an application programming interface (API) for exchanging electronic health records. The standard was created by the Health Level Seven International (HL7) health-care standards organization. (http://hl7.org/fhir/)

As you’ll hear in this episode, there’s A LOT of opportunities to work on this field for anyone interested. Gabriel is very open and honest with the challenges in this field and the ones that his company has faced and overcome. I’m very thankful that he was able to share i this way.


IOMED is hiring data scientists! 
angel.co/iomed/jobs/379740-data-scientist 

Show notes: www.datafuturology.com/podcast/14 

Gabriel is based in Barcelona, Spain