First Belgian hospital to use PIPRA's technology

Zurich – The Belgian hospital AZ Groeninge is introducing PIPRA’s technology. Before an operation, it can assess how high an older person’s risk of post-operative delirium is. In addition, both partners are also starting to develop such a tool for intensive care patients.

The major AZ Groeninge hospital in the Belgian city of Kortrijk will be the first hospital in the country to use the technology from Zurich start-up PIPRA, which was founded in 2019. It can preoperatively predict postoperative delirium (POD) in elderly surgical patients.

According to a press release from PIPRA, this is a condition that is often underdiagnosed. This postoperative cognitive complication affects 23.1 percent of patients over the age of 60, but often goes unnoticed. Symptoms include disorientation, memory loss, speech difficulties and behavioral changes.

According to PIPRA, delirium can often be prevented by non-pharmacological measures. The world's first artificial intelligence (AI)-based software in the field of delirium from PIPRA combines AI technology with a curated clinical database to provide an automated calculation of a person's risk of developing POD "with remarkable accuracy".

AZ Groeninge is very proud to implement and co-develop this decision support tool together with PIPRA, Dr. Wouter De Corte is quoted as saying: "With PIPRA, these preventive measures can be implemented more effectively, resulting in improved personalized patient care and higher satisfaction among medical staff."

According to PIPRA CEO John Klepper, this collaboration paves the way for future partnerships in the Benelux countries. "Our patient-centered approach fits seamlessly into AZ Groeninge's mission to provide high-quality and compassionate care." ce/mm

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