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Departmen of Jožef Stefan Insitute with experience in Ambient Intelligence has developed a personal health system to help congestive heart failure patients to better manage their condition. The system provides accurate advice on disease management adapted to each patient. Its decision models and functions have been validated by medical experts.
The solution aims at providing medical advice to patients using predictive models, clinical care guidelines and expert knowledge. It uses wrist-band sensors to monitor patient’s physical activity, heart rate and some other physiological signs. Data can be obtained from additional devices, such as scales, smartphones and from the patient via the user interface of the mobile application. This allows the system to identify the patient’s current physical and psychological characteristics. In the end, data is combined with patient’s health data to help them decide on disease control measures.
In particular, the following companies or research institutions which are active in health domains are sought for license agreement:
– developers and producers of wearable wireless devices;
– providers of solutions for remote patient monitoring, on-site professional healthcare monitoring and home/office/work environment monitoring.
1st key benefit for SME: COMPREHENSIVE GUIDANCE TO ALL RELEVANT SELF-MANAGEMENT TOPICS
2nd key benefit for SME: SIGNIFICANT DEGREE OF PERSONALISATION
3rd key benefit for SME: HIGH DEGREE OF ADJUSTABILITY
HeartMan is a research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme that is developing a personal health system to help congestive heart failure patients manage their disease.
HeartMan will provide accurate advice on disease management adapted to each patient, and it will do so in a friendly and supportive fashion.
The project started in 2016 and will finish in 2019. More info: http://heartman-project.eu/.
A European consortium led by Jožef Stefan Institute has launched HeartMan. The project partners are Sapienza University, Ghent University, National Research Council, ATOS Spain SA, SenLab, KU Leuven, MEGA Electronics Ltd and European Heart Network.
We are a group of researchers interested in using advanced technology to improve the society, and companies with extensive experience in the health market.
We know that we not only have to develop a research prototype, but must a reliable and affordable system that respects health and privacy regulations. We have this goal in mind from day one, and are confident we can achieve at the end of the project.
Several mobile applications for congestive heart failure management have been recently developed, but their main functionality is to track the information relevant for the patient’s health, while their guidance is general and usually relatively simple. In addition, no existing application includes all topics relevant for congestive heart failure management; rather, most of them focus only on one or two problems (e.g. medication adherence, physical activity, etc.).
The system offered here has the following advantages and innovations in comparison to other congestive heart failure systems on the market:
– it provides comprehensive guidance to all relevant self-management topics identified through the literature review (physical activity, medication, nutrition, monitoring of symptoms and physiological parameters, and environment management)
– it offers a significant degree of personalisation
– it raises the patient’s awareness of their health through monitoring and providing advice
– it has a high degree of adjustability for adding new functionalities or changing the (visual) design of the application
– as a complete solution reduces mortality risks and hospital admission.