Even superheroes need help

by Alexandra Boussommier-Calleja


The comprehensive quarterly technology review from The Economist published yesterday called “The most personal technology” is a great reminder that IVF is a technology at the heart of our society with ethical boundaries that should constantly be debated by us all.

What transpires from all eight chapters is the fact that embryologists have made huge strides in the last 40 years but are still learning to turn IVF into a reproducible and scalable technology across countries, clinics and patients.

The fact is that with increasing demand, embryologists are being asked to become superheroes, and all superheroes need a side-kick (if not more than one!). An interesting recent ESHRE abstract (Murphy et al., Human Reproduction, Volume 38, Issue Supplement_1) has shown that stress, fatigue and burnout is now becoming the norm for embryologists in the UK. They report that “63% reported technology would ease the burden on the lab staff, and 74% reported technology would lessen their stress as an embryologist”.

So how about relying on a (cape-less) AI-powered ally for your multiple embryo evaluation needs?

An ally to quickly go to the essential

AI tools can extract many of the usual datapoints you usually manually look for to save precious analysis time and focus your energy on making the final heavily multi-factorial decision that only you can make.

EMBRYOLY automatically recognizes  the number of pro-nucleis, cells and blastulation stages to help you get there faster.

An ally to make a stronger, collegiate decision

AI tools can complement your way of thinking, by being trained in different ways, on larger volumes of data that you can be exposed to in your entire career, or on data from patients that you are not used to welcoming in your center. EMBRYOLY’s pregnancy score has been trained to not just look for typical morphokinetic biomarkers, but rather, focus on any combination of visual features it identifies as being predictive, without limiting itself to the usual grades embryologists give to embryos. Collegiate decisions are always stronger, isn’t it why you tend to ask your colleagues their opinion? Make sure to ask EMBRYOLY’s opinion too.

An ally to minimize omissions

AI tools do not get tired. You, understandably, can. They are not perfect, and can make mistakes much like embryologists, but they can help to maintain high standards of embryology even in the busiest days.

EMBRYOLY can help notify whether an embryo had 3 pro-nucleis, or help you quantify more precisely the actual number of blastocyst your center produced over the year.

An ally to stay in control of your IVF center’s performances

AI tools can help you make sense of all of the data you generate in your own IVF center so you know in which direction you and your team are going.

EMBRYOLY helps you identify training needs by computing for you blastulation or pregnancy rates across operators. EMBRYOLY also helps identify changes to be brought to your lab practices by computing embryonic and clinical endpoints in subtly different populations of patient, for which our AI knows what blastulation rates should have been reached. Don’t bother with statistics, we produce them for you!

An ally to be even closer to patients

AI tools can help you cut through the noise of administrative tasks so you can spend more time having meaningful discussions with colleagues and patients. AI tools can become a digital bridge between you and your patients, so they can see the information you want to share with them at any time you want, from anywhere you and they want.

EMBRYOLY allows doctors to share the videos of their choice via their private patient portal, along with key embryonic developmental information. EMBRYOLY helps with other embryo management needs: contact us for more information!

I could go on, but we have a dedicated product page with more details and I presume you’ve understood the gist of it: being an embryologist is not only hard, it is only becoming harder.
You don’t have to bear this burden alone. Being a superhero is not an official job title. If you are part of the 74% of embryologists who already know that technology will lessen this burden, please contact us!
You might even get a cape out of it.