Clínica Universidad de Navarra incorporates the use of AI to optimize its clinical research

IOMED will provide its artificial intelligence tool at no cost

September 13, 2022
  • It joins EHDEN, a network of federated clinical data that is already underway in the main European research centers.
  • Artificial intelligence will allow the Clinic to analyze millions of clinical data in a tenth of the time used in manual processes.

Pamplona, ​​September 13, 2022.  Clínica Universidad de Navarra will have the artificial intelligence tool developed by IOMED Medical Solutions to optimize clinical research and automate hospital processes to be able to carry out studies in less time and at a lower cost. This technology will allow healthcare professionals and researchers to access all of the clinical data stored in the hospital, including unstructured data, which was previously inaccessible, thus facilitating access to real-world clinical data (RWD).

The IOMED tool has been provided free of charge and at no cost to the hospital. Thanks to this technology, it will be possible to transform the electronic medical records (EHR) of Clínica Universidad de Navarra, which are in an unstructured format, into a codified database that will facilitate access to all the data by professionals and hospital researchers, thus facilitating the generation of real-world evidence (RWE) that will allow conclusions to be drawn in the clinical research processes of University Clinic of Navarra. To this end, artificial intelligence and Natural Language Processing processes will be carried out to structure the clinical information of the hospital.

Leading research centers in Europe already use this methodology to share their search queries without having to give up sensitive patient data. EDHEN, a project of which IOMED is a part, seeks to create a federated network of medical data at a European level to improve clinical research. This allows collaboration between different hospitals in a federated clinical research network to carry out clinical studies that incorporate millions of data from thousands of patients and publish in high-impact scientific journals.

For Javier de Oca, co-founder and CEO of IOMED, ​​this agreement will help the Clínica Universidad de Navarra to become one of the European reference centers carrying out and publishing studies. “Through the analysis of hundreds of thousands of data, federated clinical research offers the researchers the possibility of finding patterns that help better diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients that would be unfeasible for researchers to carry out manually.”, explains this expert.

On the other hand, Gabriel Canel, director of the Central Clinical Trials Unit of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, underlines the opportunities opened up by the agreement with IOMED: “AI allows us to detect possible improvements in diagnosis and treatment that would require dozens of researchers and many years of data analysis. In the field of oncology, the need for new treatments forces us to speed up processes. Entering this federated clinical research network will allow us to further boost our commitment to research in cancer therapies”. Federated clinical research makes it easy for researchers to access clinical data that is unstructured and that achieves its greatest value when it is identified and structured while maintaining its privacy, protection and governance. The use of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing technologies to share queries between different health centers will speed up research and foster collaboration between health organizations.

As a fundamental pillar of this collaboration agreement is data protection and privacy. The Clinic will maintain governance of all data at all times. In addition, the data will be completely anonymized before being processed and converted into databases.


IOMED Medical Solutions is a Spanish company based in Barcelona that has developed a clinical data extraction and processing technology to structure all the data of the Electronic Medical Records stored in hospitals. Thanks to this Natural Language Processing technology, we are able to provide professionals and researchers in hospitals with access to all clinical data (RWD) to maximize their value and obtain evidence from them (RWE). And always having data protection and privacy as a priority. 

About Clínica Universidad de Navarra

With more than 2,800 dedicated professionals at its offices in Pamplona and Madrid, the Clínica Universidad de Navarra is an academic hospital, a benchmark in personalized medicine in our country. Recognized for its research and teaching work, the prestige of its professionals, and its track record in the diagnosis and treatment of highly complex pathologies, the Clínica Universidad de Navarra is a high-resolution hospital, due to its diagnostic speed thanks to its multidisciplinary work and the acquisition of the latest technology, to offer care in 46 medical and surgical specialties. The Clinic is among the 100 best hospitals in the world, according to the World’s Best Hospitals ranking, and among the 35 best cancer hospitals in the world according to the World’s Best Specialized Hospitals ranking, and for the seventh consecutive year, it has been the private hospital with the best reputation in Spain (according to the MRS ranking). For more information:

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