A few days ago, InSimo launched the new version of its online ultrasound simulator, diSplay U/S/. The opportunity to review the genesis of this project, born in a very specific context, or how InSimo succeeded in setting up a solidarity initiative while seizing a development opportunity with undeniable potential. Let’s travel back about a year ago. The health crisis was taking a worrying turn, and the first lockdown had just started. However, while we were forced to stay at home, full of uncertainties, actions of solidarity were taking place, and many were trying to make themselves useful on their own scale.
InSimo has been developing simulation software for medical and surgical training for years. We work in close collaboration with medical experts, in particular doctors and surgeons from the University Hospitals of Strasbourg or the IHU Strasbourg, directly affected by the crisis. That is why at the beginning of the lockdown, we sought a way to have a positive impact in this time based on the skills and technologies of our startup. The choice quickly fell on what we know how to do best: develop a simulation module for the training of healthcare professionals. We wanted to develop a tool that could be quickly operational, and be consistent with the needs highlighted by the crisis. Thus, we started the development of a lung ultrasound training module for the diagnosis of Covid-19. According to several studies published after the start of the crisis, pleuropulmonary ultrasound indeed represents an effective identification tool for the diagnosis and monitoring of respiratory symptoms of Covid-19.
We were able to rely on the foundation of our diSplay Learning software dedicated to surgical planning education, to which we already had the ambition to add an ultrasound feature. The technical process was obvious, to put everything into this ultrasound development which was just starting up and to fully exploit the web architecture already at the heart of the diSplay simulator. We were going to move away from surgery to discover the medical specifics of lung ultrasound diagnosis, but the basics were there.