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MYHEART

Project ID: 507816
Funded under

MyHeart

From 2003-12-31 to 2009-12-30, closed project | MYHEART Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 36 470 587

EU contribution:

EUR 16 000 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP6-2002-IST-1See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Clothing that is close to the heart

Smart clothing and health sensors developed by European researchers could save thousands of lives by providing earlier diagnoses, closer monitoring and a means to help people manage any heart problems.

The MyHeart project team developed smart textiles so clothing could be embedded with health sensors. Smart clothing offers a safe, effective and simple way for people to take a greater role in managing their own health.

Such clothing is designed to monitor patients located anywhere, and send reports wirelessly on their real-time vital signs to health professionals. One of the drivers for the development is it makes compliance with medical advice easier because patients can regularly monitor their state of health.

The use of smart clothing for health should be highly cost-effective, alerting patients and doctors when a new development needs medical attention or when a management regime needs adjusting.

Stylish healthcare revolution

Smart textiles incorporate clever electronics in the weave of a material. They are comfortable and easy to wear, they work around the clock in the background, or they can take periodic readings. Smart clothing can even be fashionable.

The clothing can communicate wirelessly with the patient and doctors via PDAs, computers, mobile phones and other systems. The clothing can be deployed for both short and long-term patient management.

The development could create a revolution in healthcare. Cardiovascular diseases affects 20% of Europeans and accounts for a staggering 45% of all deaths through myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, complications and other conditions. It is the number one cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation.

Such a high incidence creates a huge problem for healthcare management and is an enormous drain on resources. Worse, cardiovascular diseases are forecast to become more common and widespread as Europe’s population ages over the next 20 years.

Risk factors

Smart clothing could also help tackle the chief risk factors of cardiovascular disease, namely inactivity, poor sleep, stress and obesity.

For example, the MyHeart team looked at ways of assessing sleep quality and diagnosing sleep disorders at home. The team also explored ways to monitor a patient’s physical activity and manage obesity and other conditions.

The researchers developed prototypes of four ‘concepts’ that offered the greatest benefits. The first concept relates to the management of heart failure patients by monitoring their vital signs with sensors integrated into the clothing. The sensors can communicate wirelessly with PDAs, providing alerts and feedback.

The second prototype, the NeuroRehab system, can provide remote rehabilitation support for stroke sufferers. The use of sensors linked to PDAs can help medical staff guide and monitor a patient’s rehabilitation routine, including the exercises they perform to maintain and improve function in affected body parts.

Specialists can then supervise the treatment remotely. The system also makes it easier for patients to comply with the treatment advice. It is ideal for rural regions, and could save citizens the time, money and inconvenience of having to travel to a medical centre, which may be far away.

The third prototype, the Take Care concept, uses sensors and PDAs to help people at risk and those who want to stay healthy. The prototype assesses and helps patients reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by addressing sleep problems, stress, inactivity and overweight.

Maximum efficiency

Lastly, the activity coach prototype provides a training platform to help users get the most out of exercise. The prototype combines a means of monitoring vital signs with appropriate medical feedback.

Objective

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death in the west. In Europe over 20% of all citizens suffer from a chronic CVD and 45% of all deaths are due to CVD. Europe spends annually hundreds billion Euros on CVD. With the upcoming aging population, it is a challenge for Europe to deliver its citizens healthcare at affordable costs. It is commonly accepted, that a healthy and preventive lifestyle as well as early diagnosis could systematically fight the origin of CVD and save millions of live-years. The MyHeart mission is to empowercitizen to fight cardio-vascular diseases by preventive lifestyle and early diagnosis. The starting point is to gain knowledge on a citizen's actual health status. To gain this info continuous monitoring of vital signs is mandatory. The approach is therefore to integrate system solutions into functional clothes with integrated textile sensors. The combination of functional clothes and integrated electronics and process them on-body, we define as intelligent biomedical clothes. The processing consists of making diagnoses, detecting trends and react on it. Together with feedback devices, able to interact with the user as well as with professional services, the MyHeart system is formed. This system is suitable for supporting citizens to fight major CVD risk factors and help to avoid heart attack, other acute events by personalized guidelines and giving feedback. It provides the necessary motivation the new life styles. MyHeart will demonstrate technical solutions. The outcome will open up a I new mass market for the European industry and it will help prevent the development of CVD, meanwhile reduce the overall EU healthcare costs. The consortium consists of 34 partners from 11 countries. It is a research effort ofindustrial, research institutes, academics and medical hospitals, covering the whole value chain from textile research, via fashion and electronic design, towards medical and home-based applications.

Related information

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Coordinator contact

Jorg Habetha, (Project co-ordinator)
Tel.: +49-241-6003560
Fax: +49-241-6003518

Coordinator

PHILIPS TECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 3 406 380


LUEBECKERTORDAMM 5
20099 HAMBURG
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: JÖRG HABETHA
Tel.: +49 2416003560
Fax: +49 2416003518
E-mail

Participants

PHILIPS INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS NV
Participation ended
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 685 713


INTERLEUVENLAAN 80
3001 HEVERLEE
Belgium
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: ALAIN BOUFFIOUX
Tel.: +32 16 394 509
Fax: +32 16 390 855
E-mail
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Participation ended
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 0


RUE JAQUET DROZ 1
2002 NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Jean Luprano
Tel.: +41 32 7205 582
Fax: +41 32 7205 720
E-mail
MEDGATE AG
Participation ended
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 0


GELLERSTRASSE 19
4052 BASEL
Switzerland
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Serge Reichlin
Tel.: +41613778844
Fax: +41613778840
E-mail
KRANKENHAUSBETRIEBSGESELLSCHAFT BAD OEYNHAUSEN MBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 0


GEORGSTRASSE 11
32545 BAD OEYNHAUSEN
Germany
Administrative contact: JÜRGEN VOGT
Tel.: +495731971258
Fax: +495731972194
PHILIPS TECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 0


Weisshausstrasse 2
52066 AACHEN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: JÖRG HABETHA
Tel.: +49 2416003560
Fax: +49 2416003518
E-mail
CRU CARDIAC RESEARCH UNIT GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 16 060


GEORSTR.
32545 Bad Oeynhausen
Germany
Administrative contact: ANKE SCHMIDT
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 0


IM NEUENHEIMER FELD 672
69120 HEIDELBERG
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: CHRISTIAN ZUGCK
Tel.: +496221563867
Fax: +496221561789
DR. HEIN GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 481 799


FUERTHER STRASSE 212
90429 NUERNBERG
Germany
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Stefan Veitenhansl
Tel.: +499113238061
Fax: +499113238019
W. ZIMMERMANN GMBH & CO KG
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 140 653


RIEDERSTRASSE 7
88171 WEILER-SIMMERBERG
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: HARALD MERK
Tel.: +49 8387 921215
Fax: +49 8322 182693
E-mail
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM AACHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 349 150


Pauwelsstrasse 30
52074 AACHEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Christine Norra
Tel.: +49 241 89633
Fax: +49 241 8082401
E-mail
MEDTRONIC IBERICA SA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 798 994


CALLE MARIA DE PORTUGAL 11
28050 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: German Gutierrez
Tel.: +34 916250400
Fax: +34 916507410
E-mail
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Participation ended
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 120 416


CAMINO DE VERA SN EDIFICIO 3A
46022 VALENCIA
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Benito Beorlegui Angel
Tel.: +34 963879005
Fax: +34 963877945
E-mail
SERVICIO MADRILENO DE SALUD
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 189 507


PLAZA CARLOS TRIAS BERTRAN 7
28020 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Julian Perez Villacastin
Tel.: +34 913303289
INSTITUTO DE APLICACIONES DE LAS TECNOLOGIAS DE LA INFORMACION Y DE LAS COMUNICACIONES AVANZADAS - ITACA
Participation ended
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 765 259


CAMINO DE VERA S/N
46022 VALENCIA
Spain
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Guill�Barrionuevo Sergio
Tel.: +34 96 3877278
Fax: +34 96 3877279
E-mail
FUNDACION PUBLICA ANDALUZA PARA LA INVESTIGACION DE MALAGA EN BIOMEDICINA Y SALUD
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 40 300


AVENIDA JORGE LUIS BORGES 15
29010 MALAGA
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Alzueta Javier
Tel.: +34916250797
Fax: +34916250405
FUNDACION PARA LA FORMACION E INVESTIGACION SANITARIAS DE LA REGION DE MURCIA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 28 180


CALLE LUIS FONTES PAGAN 9 EDIF EMI HOSPITAL REINA SOFIA
30003 MURCIA
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Arcadio Garcia Alberola
Tel.: +34968359774
Fax: +34968359777
FUNDACION VODAFONE ESPANA
Participation ended
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 622 089


AVENIDA DE AMERICA 115
28042 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: LAMAS RAFAEL
Tel.: +34 607133768
Fax: +34 607 13 2689
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 837 286


CALLE RAMIRO DE MAEZTU 7 EDIFICIO RECTORADO
28040 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Maria Teresa Arredondo Waldmeyer
Tel.: +34 915495700
Fax: +34 913366828
E-mail
HOSPITAL CLINICO SAN CARLOS DE MADRID INSALUD
Participation ended
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 0


LUGAR CIUDAD UNIVERSI
28040 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Julian Villacastin
Tel.: +34 91 3303527
Fax: +34 91 3303527
NOKIA OYJ
Participation ended
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 350 063


KARAPORTTI 3
02610 ESPOO
Finland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Juha Kaario
Tel.: +358 7180 36612
Fax: +358 7180 36533
E-mail
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Participation ended
France

EU contribution: EUR 526 285


RUE LEBLANC 25
75015 PARIS 15
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: REGIS GUILLEMAUD
Tel.: +33438785803
Fax: +33438785787
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 153 189


VIA 8 FEBBRAIO 2
35122 PADOVA
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Claudio Cobelli
Tel.: +39-049-8277616
Fax: +39-049-8277699
E-mail
MILIOR S.P.A.
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 539 720


VIA PISTOIESE 755/D
59100 PRATO (PO)
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Rita Paradiso
Tel.: +39 050 754350
Fax: +39 050 754351
E-mail
SMARTEX S.R.L.
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 273 421


VIA LUNGO IL FICARELLO 3
59100 PRATO
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Roberto Orselli
Tel.: +39 0507 54350
Fax: +39 0507 54351
LINEAPIU SPA
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 167 175


VIA GOBETTI
50010 CAPALLE
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Gianluca Lastrucci
Tel.: +39 055 89561
Fax: +39 055 8656527
E-mail
FONDAZIONE SALVATORE MAUGERI CLINICA DEL LAVORO E DELLA RIABILITAZIONE
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 176 768


Via Salvatore Maugeri 4
27100 PAVIA
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Caterina Pistarini
Tel.: +390382592637
Fax: +390382592080
E-mail
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 324 927


PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI 32
20133 MILANO
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Sergio Cerutti
Tel.: +39 02 23993339
Fax: +39 02 23993360
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 1 001 244


Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 PISA
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Danilo De Rossi
Tel.: +39 050 553639
Fax: +39 050 550650
E-mail
CONSORZIO DI BIOINGEGNERIA E INFORMATICA MEDICA
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 214 276


PIAZZA VOLONTARI DEL SANGUE
27100 PAVIA
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Silvana Quaglini
Tel.: +39-0382-505679
Fax: +39-0382-525121
E-mail
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 24 401


Piazza San Marco
50121 Florence
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Massimo Gulisano
Tel.: +39 055 410084
Fax: +39 055 4379500
E-mail
FONDAZIONE CENTRO SAN RAFFAELE DEL MONTE TABOR
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 281 594


Via Olgettina 60
20132 MILANO
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Mario Valsecchi
Tel.: +39 02 26432729
Fax: +39 02 26432752
E-mail
MANIFATTURE FILATI RIUNITE SPA
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 59 308


VIALE VITTORIO VENETO, 13
05100 PRATO
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Gianluca Lastrucci
Tel.: +39 055 89561
Fax: +39 055 8656527
E-mail
PHILIPS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Participation ended
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 1 344 455


GROENEWOUDSEWEG 1
5621 BA EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: MILI DOCAMPO RAMA
Tel.: +31 402759212
Fax: +31402759251
E-mail
MIND MEDIA B.V.
Participation ended
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 34 892


SCHEPERSWEG
6049CV HERTEN
Netherlands
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Erwin Hartsuiker
Tel.: +31-475-410123
Fax: +31-475-488709
HOSPITAIS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 774


PRACETA MOTA PINTO
3000-075 COIMBRA
Portugal
Activity type: Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: MANUEL DE JESUS ANTUNES
Tel.: +351 239400400
Fax: +351 239829674
E-mail
FACULDADE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 226 771


RUA SILVIO LIMA, POLO II - UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
3030-790 COIMBRA
Portugal
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: JORGE HENRIQUES
Tel.: +351 239 790000
Fax: +351 239 701266
E-mail
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS UK LIMITED
Participation ended
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 133 039


GUILDFORD BUSINESS PARK
GU2 8XH GUILDFORD
United Kingdom
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: GAVIN PROCTOR
Tel.: +31 402759113
Fax: +31 402759251
E-mail
MAYO FOUNDATION
Participation ended
United States

EU contribution: EUR 0


200 1ST ST SW
55905-0001 ROCHESTER MINNESOTA
United States
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Robert Rizza
Tel.: +1 507-255-6515
Fax: +1 507-255-4828
E-mail
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