Mar 04, 2020
From March 4th, a new smartphone application is available for healthcare practitioners from all around the world aiming to keep themselves updated wherever they are. The application is called Xpeer and has been developed by Xpeer MedEd SL, a health startup based in Barcelona (Spain) that is composed of physicians, medical education experts and software development engineers. The app is already available at Google Play store. “Our aim is to make medical education cool and accessible”, says Daniela Clape, startup’s founder and CEO. “The world is changing quickly. Education must evolve and take advantage of the digitalized world that’s coming. In Xpeer, we are working to help doctors improve and, in turn, to have better healthcare services”, remarks Sébastien Bombart, COO of Xpeer. Xpeer’s founders hold over 15 years of experience in medical education, a background that roots the project. “I spoked for years with doctors. They always asked me to design training courses in professional skills and technology. In Xpeer, we just did what everybody in the sector says we should do: make continuing medical education easy, interactive and cool. The app currently contains 10 courses tailored for internal medicine and general/family/primary care practitioners. Courses consist of sets of short videos with supporting learning material that take around 60 minutes to complete. They all cover cutting edge medical topics ranging from current trends and clinical recommendations for common diseases (such as type-2 diabetes) to medical applications of emergent technologies such as artificial intelligence or dermoscopy. Other courses in the app offer professional skills training (evidence-based medicine) or training in soft skills such as therapeutic empathy or mindfulness for stress management and compassion. The business model is based on a freemium subscription system with freely accessible content and paywalled content, a model that ensures content independence, as Daniela Clape highlights. In the short and midterm, Xpeer envisages not only to increase the amount of content but also to obtain official accreditation by medical education organisms such as the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists), to provide users official training credits recognized in the whole continent upon completion of the courses in the app.