Kwido: winner of the European eHealth accelerator FICHe

September 29, 2015

At Ideable we have reason to celebrate; Kwido, our multidevice teleassistance platform for care of the elderly and dependents, has been announced as the winner of the European FICHe project, thereby positioning Ideable as one of the 20 most important eHealth startups on the continent.

The European FICHe project (Future Internet Challenge eHealth) aims to accelerate SMEs and startups from all over Europe that are developing innovative applications in the eHealth sector using FIWARE technology.

From the 300 European eHealth companies that took up the FICHe challenge, an External Independent Revision Committee (EIRC) selected 80 to enter the first phase, the 40 best proposals for the second phase and finally, following a pitch in Amsterdam to a top-class European panel, we were picked as one of the 20 best European startups.

This means Kwido has been recognised as one of the most promising and innovative projects in the whole of Europe, rewarding our technical excellence, the eHealth solution we offer and the team that makes up Ideable. This shows that all our efforts have been worthwhile, as well as the journey and milestones we have already achieved with Kwido in Spain and Europe.

Kwido ganador FICHe con los organizadores

FICHe is headed by the University of Oulu (Finland), a world leader in eHealth research, which coordinates a consortium of bodies from the Netherlands, Finland and Spain, including the Health Service of Murcia, FFIS and TICBioMed.

All the prize-winning SMEs were awarded financing (€ 217,000 for each of the 20 selected entries), business and technological mentoring and support from the European FIWARE platform.

The FIWARE platform brings together a set of simple but powerful APIs that allow Intelligent Applications to be developed in various vertical sectors. What’s more, the specifications of these APIs are public and royalty-free.

We are including FIWARE in Kwido in order to develop a more scalable and expandable platform. We want to analyse all health monitoring using Big Data techniques and architecture and to integrate our platform with new sensors and existing wearables (IOT).

Our end goal is for our mobile application to gain even greater presence on our platform to care for the elderly and dependents and to consolidate the usefulness of teleconsulting.

In addition, the 20 winning companies will have the chance to test their applications in real environments (Living Labs)in 3 European countries: Finland, the Netherlands and Spain.

We are extremely happy; the journey has been tough, but we can now roundly assert that Kwido is a winning product in Europe.

Many thanks to all our customers and those who have supported us along the way; let’s work together so we can continue being winners!!!


Ideable health app selected for Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2015

May 13, 2015

The Mobile World Congress 2015 was the venue for the launch of the new Click Doctors health app, an application developed by Ideable for the company Llar i Salut and based on Kwido technology.

Click Doctors is a revolutionary mobile application that makes personal health management much easier. Innovation brings together health and people management through continuous support between physicians and patients.

Thanks to the Click Doctors mobile app, it is possible to monitor your own or a family member’s health, as well as to directly access services from accredited medical professionals and pharmacies. These services allow:

  • Monitoring. Users’ health is monitored by a medical team 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and includes a warning service that alerts the user when assigned limits have been surpassed.
  • Personalized pharmaceutical service. A team of pharmacists will prepare and organise users’ medication as prescribed to ensure correct dosage and administration of medicines.
  • On going pharmaceutical support. Contact telephone number available to resolve any questions that arise regarding a user’s medication.
  • Face-to-face care. A multi-disciplinary medical team to care for a patient in their own home can be accessed using the same application.
  • Videoconferencing with a medical professional. Users can get in touch with Click Doctors’ physicians at any time via the videoconferencing system, allowing them to make personal enquiries.

    app Click Doctors


    All these services can be accessed online from the user’s mobile at a really affordable price. Click Doctors is the best investment to bring carers peace of mind in the monitoring and follow-up of chronic conditions and the elderly, achieving strong adherence to pharmacological treatments.

    This revolutionary access to health services using a mobile app was rewarded with the confidence shown by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation, who included Click Doctors among the world leaders in mobile apps presented at MWC 2015. This event, the most important for mobile communications worldwide, once again transformed Barcelona into the technological centre of the world from 2-5 March 2015.

    This was a great milestone for Ideable and our Kwido platform as well as recognition of our dedicated work in mobile health over the last few years. It also represents an unbeatable launch for Click Doctors app.


    Ideable is one of the leading European eHealth companies, according to European programme FICHe

    Kwido, our multidevice telecare platform to care for the elderly and dependents has been selected to go through to Phase 2 of the European FICHe accelerator programme.

    The aim of the European programme FICHe (Future Internet Challenge eHealth) is to accelerate European SMEs and start-ups which are developing innovative applications in the field of eHealth using FIWARE technology.

    The idea behind FICHe is that only the most promising and innovative proposals in the whole of Europe which meet the programme’s requirements are selected by the External Independent Review Committee (EIRC) to continue in the accelerator programme.

    From more than 300 European eHealth companies that took up the FICHe challenge, 80 went through to the first phase and only the 40 most competent proposals have been selected as finalists of the acceleration programme.

    The selection criteria are based on technical excellence, the eHealth solution itself and the team. Gaining this recognition is proof of everything we have achieved thanks to the hard work of the whole team at Ideable Solutions, and the progress and milestones already achieved by Kwido in the Spanish and European markets.

    The FIWARE platform brings together a set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), which are simple yet powerful and which enable Intelligent Applications to be developed in various vertical sectors. What’s more, these API specifications are public and royalty-free.

    We are working on including FIWARE in Kwido with the aim of implementing a more scalable and expandable platform. We also wish to analyse all monitoring data using Big Data techniques and architecture and to integrate the platform with new sensors and existing wearables (IoT). Furthermore, our aim is for the mobile application to have even more presence on our platform for the care of the elderly and dependents.

    In short, the FIWARE platform is simplifying complex processes and accelerating Kwido’s development.

    As part of this phase of FICHe, we are honoured to have the chance to present Kwido to the members of the European Commission at the annual eHealth forum, which takes place from 11-13 May in Riga, Latvia.

    Stay tuned for further updates!

    eHealth Week 2015 FICHe


    October 6, 2014

    The Kwido platform will be one of the stars of the 2014 Medicine 2.0 Europe congress – the world-wide landmark event in the eHealth sector, which will be held this year on the 9th and 10th of October in Torremolinos, near Malaga.

    Iñaki Bartholomew, the CEO of Ideable Solutions, has been invited to give a lecture on Playing Games for Combating Cognitive Impairment on the 9th of October at 11:50 in the Sala Alhambra at the Sol Principe Hotel, where he will share our Kwido experience with the conference attendees.

    Last year we were part of the 2013 Medicine 2.0 congress held in London where we presented the home-based care part of the Kwido platform at the event that marked our international launch. This year we will present our new solution for improving people’s day to day life: cognitive stimulation.

    We want to show the specialists at the congress the cognitive stimulation platform that we have developed alongside psychologists and geriatricians; a platform which manages to bring a method of cognitive stimulation already proven successful on paper to different media platforms (tablets, digital whiteboards, digital screens, etc.).

    Kwido’s cognitive stimulation is an integral platform which, via the control and management of psychologists and geriatricians, enables the prevention and slowing down of cognitive deterioration in elderly people, who can perform training exercises designed specifically for each user. Afterwards, medical professionals can monitor the data in order to evaluate the user’s performance and to keep them and their families informed of their progress.

    Malaga is the chosen location for the seventh World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps and Internet/Web 2.0 in Health, a global landmark event in the field of eHealth and mHealth which last year saw more than 500 attendees come together for its 2013 event in London.

    The Medicine 2.0 2014 programme comprises a series of conferences hosted by experts which will demonstrate how new technologies can be the solution for maintaining our health system and enabling a healthy and active life, as well as how they are already transforming the practice of medicine and the relationships between patients and healthcare professionals.

    Kwido games to combat depression in the elderly

    October 1, 2014

    Recent studies state that technology can help to improve symptoms of depression in elderly people.

    In the most recent issue of “Nature Communications” magazine a study was published revealing that cognitive stimulation computer games can alleviate symptoms of depression in elderly people who do not respond well to treatment with drugs.

    The main author of the study, Sarah Shizuko Morimoto of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, one of the most prestigious centres for clinical and medical research in the United States, started with the initial hypothesis that cognitive training can modulate those anomalies of the brain network that are common to geriatric depression and executive dysfunction.

    Doctor Shizuko points out that around 40% of elderly people with depression have deterioration in the executive functions that are related to the brain functions which kick-start, organize, integrate and manage other brain functions. Impediments in the executive functions have an adverse effect on the ability to start, carry out and complete tasks, and prevent antidepressant drugs from working in elderly people with depression, leading to poor clinical evolution.

    For her research, in collaboration with Bruce Wexler of Yale University, and other colleagues from Weill Cornell Medical College, the researcher has used cognitive stimulation computer games with the aim of “training” patients with depression to improve their executive dysfunctions.

    The cognitive training program was carried out with eleven patients, aged from 60 to 89 years, who were resistant to treatment with medication.

    The scientists verified that the cognitive stimulation games improved the symptoms of depression to the same extent as escitalopram, the reference antidepressant drug for these therapies, but that it does so in four weeks rather than the 12 that the drug treatment takes.

    They also declared that the cognitive stimulation games aid the recovery of executive functions to a greater extent than the drug.

    In the opinion of the researcher, “the recovery of the executive functions is particularly important because there is evidence that indicates that, even if the patients improve with antidepressants treatment, if their executive dysfunction remains, they will be left vulnerable to future relapses”.

    The benefits of the reinforcement of executive functions were also seen in other cognitive aspects which had not been predicted in the experiment. Effects remained for three months after the treatment”, added the expert.

    According to Doctor Shizuko, depression in the context of an aging brain is a multifactorial disease, with multiple causes and outcomes. “New therapies which use cognitive stimulation computer games could be very useful in those cases in which the patients do not respond well to drug treatments, and it is even possible that they can be applied to improve the effectiveness of existing medicines”.

    This study has demonstrated that cognitive rehabilitation is a new non-invasive approach to the treatment of depression which until now has mainly been combatted with medicines and psychotherapy.

    With our cognitive stimulation solution, Kwido Mementia, we provide psychologists with games which, like the ones used for Doctor Sarah Shizuko Morimoto’s research, are designed to adapt to each individual’s level of ability. We place particular emphasis on making them suitable, attractive and challenging, as when the patient’s ability improves, the difficulty level can be adjusted in order to ensure it stays within the recommended range for inducing neurogenesis.

    With Kwido Mementia, psychologists can design their own training programs or use those that come ready and preloaded, bearing in mind that the platform is designed to register each of the participant’s answers and to generate data about whether the games work out as planned. In this way, health professionals can monitor all their patients’ data in order to assess their performance.

    As Doctor Shizuko concludes in her study, “Our approach can be extended to other mental disorders by means of reprogramming directed to the brain circuits affected by those disorders”, which is why users of Kwido Mementia can train not only their executive capacities, but also 5 other different capacities (memory, calculation, attention, language and direction), and their psychologists can break down their performance across all of these in order to find out which require more work in later phases of the training.

    Thanks to this research we can affirm that with Kwido, psychologists can improve their patients’ cognitive capacity, even alleviating the symptoms of geriatric depression.