CaboLabs was stablished 2012 by the Computer Engineer Pablo Pazos Gutierrez, with the aim of turning the experience gained in the area of Health Informatics, Standards and Interoperability to serve the needs of IT companies, Health Care Providers and Governments.
We want to improve health care quality, by giving clinicians the tools they need to manage patient information and support clinical decision, in better, faster, more reliable ways. We and our loved ones are all patients, we deserve better care, and this is our grain of sand to improve health systems around the world. We believe health care can do better, and we are here to help.
We want to position ourselves as global experts in the Health Information Systems and Interoperability domain, and be leaders on the path to the Next Generation EHR Systems, where interoperability is a must.
We follow four simple values:
These are not just nice words, we live and work with these values in our minds and hearts.
In 2006 Pablo started working in a project of an intensive care EMR as a Java developer. The project presented an extra complexity: the goal was to implement something called openEHR in the system. That was a standard specification for flexible future-proof EHR architectures. Pablo studied the standard and the Java Reference Implementation, and felt that was something that added a huge value to health information systems, and improved how those kinds of systems can be created. After that project, he worked on everything he could that was health-related, so he can learn more about that interesting domain. While finishing the Computer Engineering carrer (mix of Computer Science and Software Engineering), he participated in projects related to HL7 and DICOM standards, learning about messaging, clinical documents and imaginology system architectures (PACS, RIS, Diagnostic Workstations, and everything in between).
In 2011 Pablo was working on the first nationwide EHR project in Uruguay as a consultant on technologies and standards. This project helped to understand all the problems related with integrating diverse hospitals, independently managed into a network of patients, clinical records and shared services. He learned a lot about how these institutions were managed, the challenges they faced, and the general lack of IT experts with health information system, standards and interoperability knowledge. At that time he wanted to do an openEHR course, since the standard wasn't known in Latin America. While visiting a conference at HIBA (Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires) in October 2011, he did networking with the president of ACHISA (Asociación Chilena de Informática en Salud), and he liked the idea of partner together to offer the openEHR course online. That course got over 35 people enrolled, and told us there was a lot of people expecting this, but there wasn't anyone talking about this. And that partnership was a success. That is why we keep doing courses with ACHISA and now the program expanded to many standards and technologies. But Pablo also wanted to help more companies and organizations, so he left the project in November 2011, after thee years of working on it, and started CaboLabs on February 2012.
2012 was tough, first year working alone, that means not only doing the work but also doing marketing, creating websites and content, doing networking like crazy, and talking on any event that he could. Now CaboLabs and ACHISA did a second edition of the openEHR course, and we had a couple of projects. One of the project was for ZorgGemak (now MedRecord) from the Netherlands, where we helped on integrating CDA documents and a mobile app for exercise tracking with an openEHR repository. The other project was for USA, designing a platform of applications to record care and manage patients with chronic pain. We didn't have a lot of projects, but we started to play in the international market. Hooray!
In 2013 we did research on the clinical data storage area, trygin to find a good solution for an open source openEHR repository, and designed the first proof of concept version of the EHRServer. EHRServer was the first generic, open source clinical data repository compliant with the openEHR standard available on the market.
Time went by, CaboLabs gained more traction on the consultancy side, getting projects from companies that wanted to build, improve and standardize their systems. As well from hospitals and clinics that wanted to integrate their systems or buy better systems. Also positioned ourselves as leaders of online education, with a comprehensive program of courses and workshops. Many companies and health providers hired us to bring on-site training.
CaboLabs is a knowledge-driven / knowledge-based company, we are more focused on methodology than on technology. Our main product is knowledge. We research, try, learn, systematize and share knowledge with the community. We come from R&D, we love innovation, and finding good solutions to complex problems. Our niche is knowing things most companies don't know or don't have the time to invest on learning for themselves. That is why we offer consultancy, coaching and training on areas that most Health Information System projects need. The hard part is that most companies don't know what they don't know. We try to participate on conferences, seminars, workshops and other events, sharing information about Health Information Systems, Standards, and Interoperability. We plant a seed and we try to make a living out of this area we are passionate about. We believe we can help improve the tools the market provides, and help health providers on knowing what they need and buy the right tools with a long term view.
Our logo depicts a square knot, if you are a boy scout you'll know what that is. It's used as a simple and elegant way to create a strong bond between to separate pieces of rope. Our interpretation of this goes in two ways. One is the bond we want to create with our customers, based on trust and collaboration. Second is our role in the interoperability field, making integrations between disparate health systems and clinical data stores.