Andreas Kremer, pictured is ITTM managing director
In the second of a series of articles on technology in the health sector (healthtech), Delano talks to Andreas Kremer, managing director of ITTM (IT for Translational Medicine), a spin-off company of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg, that was founded in 2015.
Kremer explains his company’s activities and describes how it can (indirectly) improve healthcare for professionals and patients. First, however, he talked about why Luxembourg is an ideal location for his company’s activities.
“Luxembourg is building a data-driven economy, has strong expertise in ICT security and has started to invest into health and systems biomedicine. The combination of centres like LCSB, IBBL (Integrated Bio Bank of Luxembourg), and LIH (Luxembourg Institute of Health) alongside the government’s will to move toward more personalised and translational medicine, make Luxembourg an attractive environment.”
What is ITTM’s core activity?
“ITTM focuses on bio-medical data in the pharmaceutical and healthcare area,” he began. “We provide quality data in the right context--optimising data integration and data flow, data life cycle and work processes (process optimisation)--for the healthcare (mHealth, Diagnostics) and life sciences market.”
Specifically, ITTM offers a highly integrated service portfolio, ranging from data curation and cleansing, hosting of knowledge and mHealth (mobile health) platforms, implementation and development of dedicated software and data analysis pipelines, down to the final long-term backup and archiving of data.
“We aim to be the preferred partner for pharma and biotech companies as well as hospitals and biobanks. Actually, we have customers in all these sectors already and we are also partner in H2020 consortia like Gliotrain.”
Changing healthcare in the 21st century
“Healthcare in the 21st century is facing several challenges,” said Kremer. “Innovative digital technologies provide a path by which it is becoming sustainable and meets its most important goals: improving health, reducing costs and improving patient satisfaction.”
He added that, “There is also growing interest and demand from consumers who want access to their data. As digital health enables patients, the doctor-patient relationship is developing further and is based on participation, teamwork and transparency. As such, patient-generated health data will increasingly supplement current practices in medicine. Obviously, technology can facilitate these changes to empower the customer to become more active.”
Kremer explained that ITTM’s services supports healthcare for patients and practitioners indirectly via various projects.
“For example, in the EIT project “moveIT”. Here ITTM is responsible for a mHealth/telemedicine platform which links different data sources including data from sensors with self-reported and clinical data and provides the clinician with a comprehensive overview. All services and data are hosted in a state-of-the-art data-centre in Luxembourg ensuring highest security standards.”