TechEmerge Health Brazil
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IFC launched its second TechEmerge initiative in 2018, with an open call aimed at innovators across the globe with new technologies that would address clinical and operational gaps in Brazil’s health system and improve patient outcomes.
To date, 17 pilots have been successfully completed at over 30 clinical sites, reaching more than 113,000 Brazilian patients and clinicians. The piloted technologies range from imaging solutions leveraging AI, clinical decision support tools, radionics, patient engagement apps, surgical checklists, and more.
TechEmerge innovators and Brazilian health care providers have already signed six commercial contracts worth almost $500,000, and more contracts are under negotiation. Tech companies also raised $163 million during the program, and one was acquired for $49 million. TechEmerge continues to facilitate the creation of even more sustainable partnerships that will improve health care delivery in Brazil and beyond.
Brazil’s health care market size by 2021, the 8th largest in the world.
Estimated medical device market size in 2020
Brazil’s estimated GDP by 2021
Patients impacted annually by participating providers
With a GDP of $1.4 trillion and a population of 212 million, Brazil is the largest health care market in Latin America, and the sector needs innovations that improve efficiency and patient outcomes. Although Brazilians are guaranteed free and universal public health coverage, private spending surpasses public spending, generating one of the largest private health system in the world.
However, the Brazilian health system faces multiple challenges, including an overstretched and underfunded public system, a shortage of beds, and an uneven distribution of resources and physicians. In addition, despite a large and growing private health insurance market, many people pay for care out of pocket.
Given these challenges, Brazilian health care providers were keen to participate in TechEmerge and pilot new solutions to improve access, affordability, and quality of care. Participating providers have over 12000 beds, and 900 laboratory units serving more than 19 million patients annually across Brazil.
Launched in 2018, our open call attracted almost 300 applications from innovators in 34 countries.
Shortlisted innovators were then invited to the TechEmerge Health Innovation summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In total, 250 executives from top Brazilian health care providers, as well as members of the technology, startup, and development fields attended the event, where innovators and providers took part in more than 180 curated matchmaking sessions, conducted product demos, and participated in panel discussions.
A total of 21 innovators and 16 providers were then awarded access to a total pool of $1mn in grant funding to implement pilots. Participants also received advisory support throughout field testing to help innovators mitigate operational risks, reduce adoption risks for local firms, and ease market-entry and tech transfer.
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What type of solutions are we looking for?
|Patient Engagement Tools|
|Point of Care Diagnostics|
|Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning|
|Payment Processing / Dispute Settlement|
|Clinical Data Analytics|
|Operational Efficiency / Workflow|
TechEmerge Health Brazil was supported by a network of advisors from across the globe with decades of experience in health, technology, investment, the Brazilian market, and working with startups.
Thiago Julio, MD
Curator for Healthcare, Biotech and Life Sciences
Rafael K. Barbosa
Product & Marketing Manager
Global Manager, Healthcare
Business Transformation Lead
Jose Magaña Paredes, MBA, MEM
Fred Aslan, MD
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Head of VC
Augusto Scrivano Coelho
Pharmacist / Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Cristiane Benvenuto Andrade
Board Member & Healthcare Advisor
Marcelo Blois Ribeiro
HC Digital Innovation Director
Vice President, Healthcare (India) Director, Medical Screening & Software Solutions (Germany)
Managing Director Latam
Veronica Allende Serra
Eran Toledo, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Xiaodong Jiang 蒋晓冬
Walfrido Brito Pinheiro
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Avner Amir
Indu Subaiya, MD, MBA
Executive Vice President
In total, 16 leading Brazilian health organizations participated in the TechEmerge Health Brazil initiative including multi-specialty hospital networks, diagnostic lab chains, home health care companies, and more.
Competitively selected from a field of almost 300 companies worldwide, our 21 innovators piloted a wide range of cost-effective, accessible, effective health technologies and solutions.
Under the TechEmerge Health Brazil initiative, 17 pilot projects were successfully implemented at over 30 clinical sites across the country, field-testing innovations in operational efficiency, patient engagement, point-of-care diagnostics, AI/Machine learning, clinical analytics, revenue management, and more.
AI provides early warning of patients at risk of clinical deterioration
Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre (SCMPA) used Laura, an artificial intelligence platform, to alert care team professionals of patients at risk of clinical deterioration to reduce the mortality rate and improve the provider’s operational processes.
Zebra- Hospital Sírio-Libanês
Hospital Sirio Libanes tested Zebra’s Vertebral Compression Fractures AI solution to identify patients at risk for osteoporosis that were not known to Sírio-Libanês, encourage radiologists to work with AI, provide feedback to the software, empower radiologists to include AI as part of their workflow to prevent unreported or undiagnosed cases, and evaluate the need for bone prevention program.
Umanick- Real Hospital Portugues
Umanick's Identity for Health, a biometric solution for hospitals and medical centers, manages people's identity with security, convenience, and speed. In this pilot, Real Hospital Portugues will deploy the solution to increase the safety of patients, avoid duplicate medical records due to identification errors, and eliminate identity theft.
Twiage-Santa Casa de Porto Alegre
Twiage's secured communication and care coordination technology platform delivers real-time data from ambulance to hospital. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics can use the Twiage EMS App to share patient IDs, vital signs, EKGs, photos, and videos with hospitals. In this pilot, Santa Casa de Porto Alegre will work with their ER nurses and physicians, specialists and coordinators from trauma, cardiology and stroke, along with EMTs and Paramedics from two local ambulance partners.
Twiage- Hospital Vera Cruz
Twiage's secured communication and care coordination technology platform delivers real-time data from ambulance to hospital. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics can use the Twiage EMS App to share patient IDs, vital signs, EKGs, photos, and videos with hospitals. In this pilot, Hospital Vera Cruz will utilize Twiage as the primary prehospital communication technology with its participating ambulance agencies, replacing radio and phone communication for its Emergency Department, Trauma, Cardiac, and Stroke Center.
Transmural Biotech- Hospital Vera Cruz
Transmural Biotech's quantusFLM, is a non‐invasive, fast, and easy‐to‐use Fetal Lung Maturity test based on the analysis of an image of the fetal lungs obtained by ultrasound, to provide an accurate result of a baby’s lung maturity in a few minutes. In this pilot, Hospital Vera Cruz will integrate quantusFLM into its clinical practice and evaluate its ability to better manage complex situations in which the decision of whether to deliver or wait is not clear.
TNH Health-SESI SP
TNH Health's platform creates "virtual nurse assistants", through which patients s can be educated and engaged in their care, and health risks can be quickly identified - enabling healthcare providers to prevent adverse events. In this pilot, SESI SP will deploy the solution in an effort to improve short and medium-term health outcomes of chronic patients for its employer clients, reduce healthcare costs, reduce absenteeism, and promote health, wellbeing, and employee satisfaction overall.
TNH Health-Hospital Guararapes
TNH Health's platform creates "virtual nurse assistants", through which patients can be educated and engaged in their care, and health risks can be quickly identified - enabling healthcare providers to prevent adverse events. In this pilot, Hospital Memorial Guararapes will deploy the solution to engage and monitor patients before and after specific surgical procedures in an effort to improve health outcomes and patient experience.
SOPHiA for Radiomics is a groundbreaking application that analyzes medical images and combines them with biological and clinical data to predict tumor evolution. This powerful radiomic solution supports clinicians in choosing the right therapeutic strategy for a given patient. The aim of the pilot was to show that Radiomics for glioblastomas (GB) and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) , have the ability to enhance diagnosis, prognosis along with following the progression of the disease and assessing the therapeutic response. These applications have shown to be relevant for clinicians and radiologists at DASA.
QTracer is a tablet-based interal audit and feedback solution based on the tracing approach of world-class accreditation bodies like Joint Commission International and Accreditation Canada International. In this pilot, HCOR - Hospital do Coração will deploy the solution to assess the technology's capability to support compliance and evaluate processes with reference to policies and accreditation, detect gaps or potential risk points, and provide feedback for proactive improvement of quality and safety of patient care.
Oneg Hakarmel- Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Oneg Hakarmel's sterile elastic tourniquet with exsanguination for orthopedic limb surgeries - HemaClear - exsanguinates limbs before surgery and blocks blood re-entry. In this pilot, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein will deploy the solution to reduce surgical site infections and provide less painful exsanguination (which translates into faster patient recovery and less DVT), no skin damage, no nerve damage, faster surgeries, and an enhanced surgical field size.
Oneg Hakarmel- HCOR
Oneg Hakarmel's sterile elastic tourniquet with exsanguination for orthopedic limb surgeries - HemaClear - exsanguinates limbs before surgery and blocks blood re-entry. In this pilot, HCOR - Hospital doCoração's orthopedic surgeons will deploy the solution to reduce surgical site infections and provide less painful exsanguination (which translates into faster patient recovery and less DVT), no skin damage, no nerve damage, faster surgeries, and an enhanced surgical field size.
Nagis' “Risk Analysis” algorithm is capable of predicting the cost curve of diseases, and the PGS-NAGIS software learns diagnostic and therapeutic protocols and assists healthcare teams to give patients the best possible care. In this pilot, Oncoclinicas will combine the application of these technologies to study breast cancer and determine the cost of care curve for Capitation negotiation.
Nagis-Rede D’Or Consultoria
Nagis' “Risk Analysis” algorithm is capable of predicting the cost curve of diseases, and the PGS-NAGIS software learns diagnostic and therapeutic protocols and assists healthcare teams to give patients the best possible care. In this pilot, Rede D’Or Consultoria will combine the application of these technologies to study two diseases and create cost curves, to assess moving to a new payment model based on a Capitation Cost Curve
Megical-Santa Clara de Porto Alegre
Megical's SaaS solution introduces standardized protocols and checklists, along with structured reporting. In this pilot, Santa Casa de Porto Alegre will apply the solution in surgery processes including pre-op, surgery,and post-op processes, with the aim of ensuring proactive patient safety and introducing process awareness into patient treatments.
In this pilot, HospitalCare will deploy the solution to assist their home care team in various areas, such as caretaker turnover, call shifts, education, clinical decompensation, communication with the attending nurse, among others.
HI Technologies-São Marcos
Hi Technologies' innovative blood testing equipment performs several types of examinations to achieve a rapid diagnosis. In this pilot, São Marcos Laboratory will deploy the solution in an effort to decrease the wait time for results and to better serve patients who need a quick and accurate diagnosis.
Oncoclinicas' used IntuitiveCare's revenue cycle management platform to optimize the overwhelming workflow demands done by hand. IntuitiveCare's platform handled the never-ending influx of repetitive workflows, including processing claims, reconciling payments, and standardizing pending claim analysis and appeal data and process, across dozens of insurers portals.
Intuitive-Grupo Sao Marcos
Grupo São Marcos' used IntuitiveCare's revenue cycle management platform to optimize the overwhelming workflow demands done by hand. IntuitiveCare's platform handled the never-ending influx of repetitive workflows, including processing claims, reconciling payments, and standardizing pending claim analysis and appeal data and process, across dozens of insurers portals.
HFocus-Hospital Memorial Guararapes
HFocus' platform allows healthcare facilities to run patient satisfaction surveys in a continuous and easy way, and benchmark their performance against other facilities across Brazil. In this pilot, Hospital Memorial Guararapes will deploy the solution to monitor the organization's patient and doctor satisfaction, in an effort to assist management's decision making process in identifying areas of improvement.
Exalenz's BreathID® Lab System senses CO2 in exhaled breath and analyzes its different isotopes in real-time based on optical-radiation emission and absorption by 13CO2 and 12CO2 gases, to determine if the subject is infected with H. pylori. In this pilot, Grupo Fleury will assess the BreathID® Lab System results compared to the standard biopsy used to detect H. pylori.
Combinostics-Grupo Fleury/Hospital Sirio Libanês
Combinostics' cloud-based platform with machine-learning tools, called cNeuro, enables quantitative assessment of brain images and provides clinical decision support for neurological disorders. In this pilot, Grupo Fleury and Hospital Sirio Libanês, in collaboration with the Department of Radiology and Oncology of Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (USP), will use the cNeuro AI platform to analyze Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and the specificities applicable in the Brazilian market.
CM Tecnologia-Santa Casa De Misericordia de São Paulo
CM Tecnologia's online scheduling solution improves the patient's journey and enables healthcare providers to better plan and manage resources. In this pilot, Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo will deploy the solution to automate the process for surgical scheduling, to enable more effective and efficient control and governance of processes and allocation of resources.
ChatrHealth implements standardized checklists and decision support tools to improve efficiency and ensure safety during medical procedures or routine protocols. In this pilot, standardized medical protocols and data collection tools will be developed and deployed to enable Dalben's care teams to efficiently and safely manage quality patient care.
Buddy Healthcare-Real Hospital Português
Buddy Healthcare's surgery care coordination and patient engagement platform digitizes surgery care pathways, engages patients, and automates the monitoring of patient preparation and recovery procedures. In this pilot, Real Hospital Português will deploy the solution in their oncological department to improve engagement and communication between patients and the clinical team.
AIDOC-Hospital Sirio Libanes
Aidoc’s Intracranial Hemorrhage (ICH) AI module was used to evaluate Hospital Sirio Libanes’ (HSL) Head CT exams with the aim of demonstrating the software’s accuracy, user-friendliness, and ability to enhance HSL’s radiologists’ performance.
TechEmerge pilot projects in patient engagement, point-of-care diagnostics, AI/Machine learning, clinical analytics, and more reached over 113,000 patients across Brazil. To date, our innovators have signed six contacts worth almost $500,000 with Brazilian health care providers, and more are under negotiation.
Several innovators also went on to sign contracts with local distributors for broader deployment of their solutions across Brazil. TechEmerge continues to facilitate the creation of even more sustainable partnerships that will improve health care delivery in Brazil and beyond.
Successful pilots conducted by 13 innovators and 11 health care providers
In financing raised by innovators during the program
Commercial contracts worth almost $500,000 signed by innovators & Brazilian providers
One of our innovators was acquired during the program
“The TechEmerge Health pilots have improved our footprint and brand in Brazil which is turning into a significant market for us. We generated two more commercial contracts in Brazil as Grupo Fleury and HSL served as our references”
Tom Valent, VP Business Development
Innovator in : TechEmerge Health Brazil
“TechEmerge put us in contact with tech startups around the entire world that had very focused and effective solutions for the sorts of problems we were presented with. It was an exceptional opportunity.”
Dr. Edgar Gil - Executive Director – Medical, Technical & B2B
“For our institution, TechEmerge was excellent. It was extremely innovative. I am proud to be involved and participating in a project that enables us to move forward progress with some of the biggest and most successful companies in the world.”
Dr. Ana - DASA
Adopter in : TechEmerge Health Brazil
“The value for us was clear. We saw the synergy that brings technology and innovations to the healthcare market in Brazil.”
Stanislas Cherel / Sophia genetics
Innovator in : TechEmerge Health Brazil