Ribera incorporates two startups to bring their patients personal nutrition plans and neurorehabilitation online

Ribera incorporates two startups to bring their patients personal nutrition plans and neurorehabilitation online

  • The healthcare group have increased their commitment to co-innovation in the context of the Lanzadera corporate program, with nine companies sponsored for the design of pilot projects in their healthcare centers.
  • Nootric y NeuronUp will carry out pilot projects in the health department of Vinalopó, Nefrosol  and Torrejón University Hospital, to begin with, and Ribera Polusa Hospital’s Brain Damage Unit and Torrejón Hospital’s Neurology Department, following that.

The Ribera healthcare group has incorporated two new startups into their co-innovation projects portfolio, which continues to grow through the  Lanzadera Corporate program. In this selection round of startups, Ribera has chosen to work on two pilot projects: a mobile application for personalized nutrition plans, Nootric, and a platform for online neurorehabilitation, NeuronUp, with whom the first work session has already been organized.   

With these two startups, Ribera has chosen a total of nine technology companies in the context of the Lanzadera Corporate program in order to develop pilot projects in their healthcare centers and, at the same time, confirmed its commitment to co-creation and open innovation. Their aim is to continue transforming healthcare and provide patients and professionals with new tools with which to improve health and well-being.

Nootric is a mobile application with which you can create personalized nutrition plans, with recipes, shopping lists, exercises, coaching regarding eating habits, gamification and chat with a nutritionist. Thanks to a large amount of predetermined content, a nutritionist can reach a significant number of patients with very different profiles, monitor their progress and answer any questions quickly and easily. The pilot project that Nootric will implement for the Ribera group in the next few months will be carried out in the Oncohematology and Dialysis Department in Vinalopó (Elche), as well as Nefrosol, the group’s dialysis center at San Juan beach and in the maternity department at Torrejón University hospital.   

NeuronUp, on the other hand, is an online neurorehabilitation platform, which suggests more than 10,000 activities for cognitive stimulation for patients with brain damage, sclerosis, paralysis and other neurological disorders, adapted to the needs of each patient and the severity of their condition. They are specialists in presenting real situations as multiformat intensive therapies, so that patients can practise everyday activities such as withdrawing money from a cash machine, on a computer, tablet or mobile, and its application has exercises in order to work on memory, attention, gnosia (the ability to recognise previously learned objects, sounds, etc.), language, etc. It is the healthcare professional who chooses the cognitive function that they want the patient to work on and the difficulty level, and the platform enables the monitoring of progress, which allows professionals to evaluate the progression of patients at all times.

In the case of NeuronUp, the pilot projects were carried out with patients from the Brain Damage Unit at Ribera Polusa Hospital and in the Neurology Department at Torrejón University Hospital. Futhermore, Ribera and NeuronUp will also work together on developing data models that, in the future, allow for the early detection of neurological diseases and cognitive deterioration, as well as predictive models regarding their evolution.

Vinalopó University Hospital, a pioneer in the Alicante province in 3D nipple tattooing after breast cancer

Vinalopó University Hospital, a pioneer in the Alicante province in 3D nipple tattooing after breast cancer

  • The Breast Department has already started giving the first areola-nipple tattoos with micropigmentation to mastectomy patients.
  • This procedure, which is carried out in consultations in just 30 minutes and is painless, aims to restore body image and improve the quality of life of patients.

The Breast Department of Vinalopó Universitity Hospital, managed by the Ribera healthcare group, offers integrated solutions to breast cancer patients and has become the first center in the Alicante province to give 3D tattoos of the areola-nipple area.

A traditional tattooing technique is used, giving the area in question a 3D appearance. The procedure is carried out in consultations and takes just 30 minutes, is painless, semi-permanent and provides patients with a very realistic result.

Tattoo care is the same as any other type of care that a patient gives to their body: it should be covered for the first 24 hours, with regular washing and hydration of the skin. “Thanks to the addition of this technique to our list of services, patients restore their appearance to that of before the surgery, helping to improve their self-esteem and confidence”, explains Doctor Lorenzo Rabadán, the surgical coordinator of the Ribera healthcare group’s  Breast Department. Doctor Rabadán adds that with nipple tattooing “breast reconstruction is complete”.  

Patient testimonies attest to the good results of this technique and the integrated care that the Breast Department provides in Ribera’s different hopsitals. Some testimonies can be seen here. The women feel like they can move on.

About the Breast Department

Under the corporate management of Julia Camps, a multi-disciplinary team has been put into place in the university hospitals of Torrejón y Vinalopó, Ribera Povisa Hospital, and in the coming weeks in Ribera Polusa Hospital, all of which are managed by the Ribera group. It unites professionals with over 20 years experience in breast pathologies, breast cancer in particular, and provides patients with a shared and transversal program, with personalized care and the best specialists in Spain to evaluate each case in a collaborative and transversal way.

The Breast Department has pushed for the unification of healthcare processes and circuits, applicable in all of the group’s centers, as well as the collaboration of all of the professionals involved in the diagnosis and clinical and surgical approach of the patients, each one from their speciality, but with uniformed criteria. The aim is for all patients to have the best team of professionals in all areas, regardless of where they live, as well as specialists that provide permanent and personalized care within the center to which they attend in the group.

Ribera Lab continues its expansion plan and establishes itself in Ribera Juan Cardona de Ferrol Hospital

Ribera Lab continues its expansion plan and establishes itself in Ribera Juan Cardona de Ferrol Hospital

  • The Ribera healthcare group’s laboratory division has almost 60 professionals in its reference center in Torrellano (Elche), and in its integrated laboratories at Ribera Polusa, Ribera Santa Justa and, now, Ferrol Hospital.
  • Ribera Lab has already carried out more than 300,000 diagnostic tests and more than 75,000 PCRs this year.

Ribera Lab, Ribera healthcare group‘s laboratory division, continues its expansion plan and begins its activity in Ferrol today, with the integration of the laboratory of one of the Galician hospitals of the group, Ribera Juan Cardona. With more than 22,000 square meters, Ribera Juan Cardona Hospital is Ferrol’s only private hospital center, with 300 professionals and it works with the sector’s main insurers. The introduction of Ribera Lab strengthens and expands its laboratory activity, with new clinical areas of diagnosis.

Ribera Lab’s reference center is in Torrellano’s business park (Elche), where they have the latest technology and more than 2,000 square meters dedicated to comprehensive  diagnosis, with twelve clinical areas and a genetic laboratory, molecular biopathology and a  central clinical laboratory. Furthermore, since it opened, it has been incorporated into the laboratory division of both Ribera Polusa hospital (Lugo) and Ribera Santa Justa hospital (Extremadura). In the coming months Ribera Lab will widen its coverage to other hospitals in the group, as well as external clinics that are looking for a reference center, with the experience, technology and volume of activity of Torrellano’s center.

The Ribera group’s laboratory division has, in total, almost 60 professionals in its different centers and it has already carried out around 300,000 microbiological, cytogenetic, molecular biological and biochemical diagnostic tests this year. In addition, from January to October, 75,000 PCRs have been carried out.