Servizio Comunitario di Informazione in materia di Ricerca e Sviluppo - CORDIS

AMBULANCE: mobile unit for healthcare provision via telematics support

The project involves the design and development of a mobile/portable medical device usable for medical emergencies in European Countries that allows telediagnosis, remote supervision, and teleconsultation of mobile health care providers by specialized physicians located in key positions or sites. Such services constitute to an absolute requirement, especially in cases of heavily injured victims of accidents, resulting from increased population mobilization within the European Union.

The system architecture and design tasks have been completed. The system has a very modular structure, based on industrial standards which conforms with the specifications for open systems. Based on these design specifications and architecture, an alpha functional demonstrator was built. The system is based on a portable biosignal monitor connected to the AMBULANCE portable processing and communication chassis. Imaging tasks are performed using a charge coupled device (CCD) camera and a FPS-60 frame grabber. Signal transmission is performed via the GSM network using a SIEMENS M1 GSM adapter. Specific attention was paid to the user interface design both for the mobile unit and the Hospital consultation (base) unit. Following the system integration workpackage, the demonstrator was validated on a small-scale process and consequently adjustments were made to the system and a beta-functional demonstrator was built. The results of the validation phase were recorded, analysed and reported. During the next phase, a large demonstration has been initiated and is currently performed. A detailed market survey has been performed and results were reported. An agreement has been made to combine the AMBULANCE system with a defibrillator to maximize the potential benefits of emergency telemedicine.

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National Technical University of Athens
9 Iroon Polytechniou Street
15773 Athens
Greece