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Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Dycare (Dynamic Care Solutions for clinical assessment of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders)

Reporting period: 2016-06-01 to 2016-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Over 100M people across Europe suffer from chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) such as rheumatoid arthritis, neck, lumbar and shoulder pain. Most affected is Europe’s working age population where such pain is the single biggest cause of temporary disability (TD), responsible for healthcare costs of up to 2% of Europe’s GDP and billions of Euros in lost worker productivity.

60% of patients with MSD’s are misdiagnosed and are prescribed an ineffective rehabilitation program that delays or prevents their full recovery. A number of clinicians have confirmed this to us stating that they do not have the tools to measure movement conditions in an objective and reliable way.

Although there are solutions available that can aid in diagnosing and treating MSD’s, they do not match the needs of clinicians and health centres.

The reasons as to why health centres are looking for a new solution are multiple as current systems on the market: are prohibitively expensive for healthcare budgets; are non-portable with fixed cameras and equipment; are complex requiring highly skilled personnel to operate and interpret results; take a long time to set up; do not comply with medical device standards; are not interoperable with existing health centre equipment and patient information systems; are stand-alone products that cannot be upgraded with new wearables and features.

We aim to deliver an advanced solution to support the diagnosis and treatment phases for patients suffering from musculoskeletal disabilities resulting in: a better quality of life, a quicker return to work, and a reduction in costs for healthcare centres.
These objectives of the DyCare project will allow us to achieve the impacts of reducing MSD rehabilitation costs per patient by 10% annually and cutting temporary disability for these patients from an average of 60 days to 25 days a year by 2022.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The main task performed in recent months has been to evaluate the product with key opinion leaders and redefine the business model of the company. In parallel the objectives planned in the proposal presented have been achieved:
- Quality management system certification related to the standards ISO13485 and ISO9001
- Registration of the DyCare brand at European level
- Preliminary freedom to operate
- Technical validation of the first product against other “gold standard” technologies
- Signing of valuable collaboration agreements with centres and institutions of the rehabilitation and academic sector.
Through the different interviews conducted with several stakeholders in different countries, the needs of the market and our initial hypothesis have been confirmed. However, thanks to the feedback obtained, we have perceived a new opportunity, defining a new concept of the product with a disruptive business model allowing access to a greater number of people to benefit from our solution.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

DyCare solutions allows to make an objective, fast and successful diagnosis, leading to a continuous evaluation of the progress and recovery of the patient. Through the platform, the clinician will be able to monitor more efficiently their treatments and evolution in the process of rehabilitation of their patients. All this translates into objective therapies of high reliability that will reduce the time in the rehabilitation process, helping the patient return as soon as possible to a normal lifestyle. Likewise, through the platform the patient is directly involved in their progress, performing exercises independent of the disposition of the professionals. All this represents an important saving in time and money for the patient and the health system.
We will provide to clinicians and patients with a new measurement and control system that improves the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

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Record Number: 198090 / Last updated on: 2017-05-16