Smart Reporting’s AI-based Medical Documentation Technology Receives €15M Venture Debt Loan from European Investment Bank to Boost Growth

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(IN BRIEF) Smart Reporting, a health-tech start-up based in Munich, has secured a €15 million venture debt loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its growth phase. The company has developed medical documentation technology based on artificial intelligence (AI) that makes it possible to efficiently collect, structure and process clinical data. The technology is voice-controlled and can be used to produce fully evaluable and machine-readable results that improve diagnostic quality, reduce the time to diagnosis, automate manual processes, and ease communication with referring physicians. With this fresh capital, Smart Reporting plans to expand its operations, penetrate new markets and further scale up its software and data business. The financing is backed by the InvestEU Programme.

(PRESS RELEASE) LUXEMBOURG, 17-Apr-2023 — /EuropaWire/ —The European Investment Bank (EIB), the lending arm of the European Union, announces that Munich-based health-tech start-up, Smart Reporting, has secured a €15 million venture debt loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its growth phase. Smart Reporting’s technology, which is based on artificial intelligence (AI), enables the efficient collection, structuring, and processing of clinical data through voice-controlled, AI-supported diagnostic software for radiology, pathology, and other clinical areas. This technology can play a key role in digitalising healthcare.

With the newly raised capital, Smart Reporting plans to further expand its software and data business, scale up its operations, and penetrate new markets. The financing is supported by the InvestEU Programme, which allows investment partners to increase their risk capacity and mobilise public and private investment.

Venture debt loans, like the one provided by EIB, are a form of financing that complement existing venture capital financing without diluting the shares of the founders. Smart Reporting’s technology can produce fully evaluable and machine-readable results that are already improving diagnostic quality, reducing the time to diagnosis, automating manual processes, and simplifying communication with referring physicians. Siemens and other medical device manufacturers are already integrating Smart Reporting’s technology.

Smart Reporting’s centrepiece is a language-controlled, guideline-based documentation tool that is integrated into the medical workflow. This tool supports radiologists and pathologists in real-time during medical examinations with AI, automated image analysis, and high-quality machine-readable data. Previously, doctors spent up to 40% of their working hours on documentation, and only 3% of the data collected in hospitals could be evaluated later for other purposes.

Ambroise FayolleEIB Vice-President responsible for financing in Germany, remarked, “Smart Reporting develops effective solutions to accelerate standard procedures and diagnostics in doctors’ offices and hospitals, integrating the latest medical information and guidelines. The technology has strategic importance for the digitalisation of healthcare, and makes the data collected usable for future diagnostics and medical research. We are pleased to be working with Smart Reporting to drive this medical innovation.”

Smart Reporting founder and Co-CEO Wieland Sommer explained, “The future of medicine is data-driven. It will take high-quality, standardised data to automate clinical workflows in depth, enable evidence-based decision-making, and ensure efficient, quality medical care in the future. In recent years, we have built up global market access through a growing number of partnerships with leading international tech companies. In the EIB, we are delighted to have found a strong, long-term partner to help us significantly accelerate our expansion into new markets like the US and Canada, as well as other fields of application, such as documentation for surgical procedures.”

Smart Reporting Co-CEO Peter Vanovertveld added, “Our market positioning is ideal: Smart Reporting is the leading provider of tech-driven solutions that structure clinical data right as it is created. The virtually unique interoperability of our software and its seamless integration into the clinical workflow enable the systematic generation of complete, quality-controlled data. With this new capital, we are now taking the next step in the company’s development, with an even stronger focus on the use of data in the clinical environment and drug development. In these areas, as in the healthcare sector as a whole, data and data quality are the keys to success. We stand ready with the additional financial resources to contribute significantly to this development.”

Background information

The EIB’s key priorities are climate and the environment, development, innovation and skills, small and medium-sized businesses, infrastructure and cohesion. It works closely with other EU institutions to foster European integration, promote the European Union’s development and support EU policies in more than 140 countries worldwide.

The InvestEU Programme provides the European Union with long-term funding by leveraging substantial private and public funds in support of a sustainable economy. It helps generate additional investments in line with EU policy priorities, such as the European Green Deal, the digital transition and support for small and medium-sized businesses. InvestEU brings all EU financial instruments together under one roof, making funding for investment projects in Europe simpler, more efficient and more flexible. The programme consists of three components: the InvestEU Fund, the InvestEU Advisory Hub and the InvestEU Portal. The InvestEU Fund is implemented through financial partners who invest in projects thanks to an EU budget guarantee of €26.2 billion. This guarantee increases their risk-bearing capacity, thus mobilising at least €372 billion in additional investment.

Smart Reporting was founded in 2014 by Wieland Sommer, Professor of Radiology with a Master’s in Public Health (Harvard, US). The company was established in Munich with the vision of harnessing the value of medical data for better decision-making and treatment. Today, it has an interdisciplinary team of 70 doctors, data scientists and software engineers who develop software from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Brazil based on their detailed understanding of clinical workflows. The company’s multilingual software for structured diagnostics in radiology and pathology is used by more than 15 000 physicians in over 90 countries. Smart Reporting was advised on this financing arrangement by Goetzpartners.


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SOURCE: European Investment Bank


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