Louis Valiquette

Assistant to the Dean - Digital Health FMSS - UdeS

Upon his arrival at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Universit√© de Sherbrooke in 2005, Prof. Valiquette initiated an innovative research program aimed at developing a clinical decision support system to optimize the quality of antimicrobial prescribing (ATM) at the CHUS. This project is a response to the epidemic of C. difficile colitis caused by the overuse of antimicrobials. After three years of use, APSS, the first antibiotic governance expert system developed in Canada, was associated with a 24% decrease in the consumption of antimicrobial drugs, savings in the acquisition of these drugs reaching almost 1 million dollars and a decrease in the length of hospitalization of patients receiving antimicrobial drugs by an average of 2 days. Based on these results, he founded Lumed with his two PhD students. The company, of which he is the medical director, now has 17 employees and has installed its products in more than 40 hospitals around the world. Lumed’s platform is structuring the institution through the development, integration and valorisation of innovative solutions in oncology and infection prevention. Based on his experience, he accepted the challenge of creating the Platform for Research, Valorisation, Analysis and Liaison in Health Informatics (PREVALIS), whose main objective is to accelerate the discovery of digital health at the UdeS, by federating the forces present, by supporting the start-up of structuring initiatives, but above all by offering expertise in development, analysis and artificial intelligence to researchers and industrial partners.