Up & Running with Lucia Health Guidelines’ Dr. Gil Ungab of gBETA Medtech

October 1  

gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator program, has partnered with Boston Scientific to launch a healthcare-focused program in Medical Alley with additional support from the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. Their first cohort wrapped up about a month ago and the second cohort was announced on in July.

Over the next few weeks, we will profile the second cohort of companies.

What does Lucia Health Guidelines do?

Lucia Health Guidelines has created a clinical decision support tool that leverages machine learning and the power of cloud computing to help maintain clinical guidelines at the point of care. Lucia is initially focused on Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and ensuring proper treatment in the Emergency Department. Lucia’s technology will provide all clinicians a tool to confidently identify AFib on EKG and initiate guideline-recommended treatment to prevent strokes.

What difference does this make for patients?

By getting patients on a proper treatment plan when AFib is first encountered we hope to prevent the devastating outcome of a stroke. A study last year by Dr. Xian of Duke University found that 58,000 to 88,000 strokes per year could be prevented by appropriately following guidelines.

What motivated you to take on this issue?

My father had a stroke from undiagnosed AFib. His strength and courage in dealing with his disability inspired me to become a Cardiac Electrophysiologist. I know firsthand how catastrophic a stroke can be for the patient and the whole family.

What did you do before starting this company?

I am a private practice Cardiac Electrophysiologist in San Diego, California. I have served on R&D advisory boards for many of the major device companies. I helped local San Diego healthcare startups and then co-founded my first healthcare software startup a few years ago.

How can the Medical Alley community best support your work?

Our healthcare system is complex, and I don’t always have the answer to my questions. An organization like yours provides the right resources for navigating that complexity and connecting to those willing to help. My time spent working with and visiting the device companies over the years has shown me what a great community exists in the Twin Cities area.

And finally, why participate in gBETA?

I did not participate in an accelerator with my first startup. There is so much more I can learn from a program like gBETA and the mentorship they provide.

About gBETA Medtech

gBETA Medtech is a free, seven-week accelerator that works with medical device, healthcare-related software, biotech and diagnostics startups. Part of gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator program, gBETA Medtech is in partnership with Boston Scientific and supported by the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. For more information visit https://www.gbetamedtech.com/

To learn more about Lucia Health Guidelines visit: www.luciaguidelines.com

For The Record is an interview series with Medical Alley leaders on the future of healthcare. Medical Alley Association’s membership includes leaders in healthcare delivery, payment, technology, and policy, which gives us – and in turn, you – access to diverse perspectives on how healthcare is changing and what lies ahead.

Medical Alley is the global epicenter of health innovation and care; For The Record is meant to share insights and spark discussion. If you have a perspective on the future of healthcare, feel free to share it by reaching out to Frank Jaskulke, Vice President of Intelligence at [email protected]

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