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Tonic App: Just the tonic for overburdened doctors

Portugal · Jul 08, 2019· By Gareth Gardiner Jones

Tonic App's CEO Daniela Seixas and COO Gonçalo Vilaça ©CompassList

CEO Daniela Seixas and COO Gonçalo Vilaça discussed Tonic App, their free solution for streamlining administrative tasks in the medical sector 

All around the world, doctors continually bemoan the overload of administrative tasks that limits the amount of time they can spend with patients. A comprehensive study of US physicians' time found that for every hour doctors were seeing patients, they were spending nearly two additional hours on paperwork. The problem is not limited to the US, with British physicians also experiencing unsustainable workloads. Increased digitization in the healthcare sector has often compounded problems rather than relieving them, according to one study. 

 

Tonic App was established in 2016 in Porto to help medical doctors in their administrative tasks and to save time on their day-to-day duties. The company's four founders are: CEO Daniela Seixas, a neuroradiologist and independent expert in ethics and scientific evaluation at the European Commission; Dávid Bórsos, a Luxembourg-based business analyst and officer at the European Investment Fund; Vancouver-based Andrew Barnes, currently a partner in a gaming consultancy and CEO of a shared community kitchen for food entrepreneurs; and Swiss Christophe de Kalbermatten, Head of Trading at Credit Suisse's Geneva Trading Floor. All met while studying the same MBA course at IE Business School in Madrid in 2014.

 

Gonçalo Vilaça, an economist, management consultant and educator with experience in healthcare management and also co-founder of healthcare investment company Alcea Advisors, joined Tonic App in late 2017 and has been its COO since April 2018.

 

Edited by Matt Stanley

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