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Wearable Electronics for Effective Lung Monitoring

Objective

Lung related diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and asthma are considered the main causes of death in the EU. The current management of such diseases only allows a momentary patient assessment at the time point of out-clinic visit or hospitalization. Short-term trends in disease development, either deterioration or improvement, are not accessible. Continuous and real-time monitoring, especially in remote settings (e.g. patients’ homes) is not available. Additionally the devices used for monitoring the patients are massive, expensive, uncomfortable and difficult to operate, thus requiring specialized personnel. Several of them also rely on patients´ cooperation and compliance to guarantee proper examination results. The incorporation of novel electronics in garments presents great potential for addressing these challenges. More specifically, the adoption of Application-Specific-Integrated-Circuits (ASICs) neatly integrated in a comfortable and washable wearable is the key that makes the accurate and effective (in terms of both, cost and quality of life) continuous monitoring of lung diseases feasible.

The 42-month project WELMO aims at developing and validating a new generation of low-cost and low-power miniaturized sensors, integrated in a comfortable vest, enabling the effective and accurate monitoring of the lungs, through the simultaneous collection of sound and electrical impedance tomography (EIT) signals with the same sensors that can be combined, processed and linked with specific clinical outcomes by applying innovative algorithms, making the systematic, accurate and real-time evaluation of respiratory conditions possible. The impact, acceptance and usability of WELMO will be validated in a realistic setup through the execution of two 6-month pilot studies. In addition, a business study will be carried out, aiming to the mid-term exploitation of the proposed solution.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/pneumology/asthma
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

EXODUS ANONYMOS ETAIREIA PLIROFORIKIS
Address
Estias 1 & Mesogeion 73-75
11526 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 640 000

Participants (8)

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 986 675
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 584 375
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 402 500
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3001 451 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 548 125
Address
Olshausenstrasse 40
24118 Kiel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SMARTEX S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 440 000
Address
Via Lungo Il Ficarello 3
59100 Prato
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELSYS EASTERN EUROPE DOO DRUSTVO ZAPROJEKTOVANJE ELEKTRONSKIH SISTEMABEOGRAD (NOVI BEOGRAD)
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 98 000
Address
Omladinskih Brigada 88/B, Building 1500
11070 Beograd - Novi Beograd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTEC DESIGN OU
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Salu 11
75501 Harjumaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WELLICS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
20-22 Wenlock Road
N1 7GU London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)