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Distance Information Technologies For Home Care

Objective

CHS deals with the development of systems and services for the citizen. More specifically, it aims in the development of personal health services that can be used from home that communicate with the rest of the information infrastructure. These personal health systems shall be developed in the areas of diabetes, heart failure and post-trauma patients. CHS is expected to support the EU policy on health promotion through the increase of awareness to the citizen of the use of micro-devices and it solutions for monitoring and consulting. The project also aims in developing new generation telemedicine systems and services for tele-consultation and provision of tele-care diabetes, heart failure and post-trauma patients.

Objectives:
CHS will develop a new generation telemedicine services for home care that will improve quality of health care an and create a large new IT market by involving every single home and every single health care provider. Development of user acceptable MMIs and GUIs for easy and error free data fusion, browsing, education, new genera generation decision support systems for artefact rejection and finally integration techniques for developing a comp complete health system for home care are CHS's IT related objectives. Cost effectiveness, citizen involvement in health care delivery via micro-devices, a continuing education process, better diagnosis opportunities for the clinical staff and the development of a transatlantic network for home care delivery and exchange of data and experiences are the quality of health care objectives of CHS's. Finally the economic and business objectives of CHS aim at the creation of a major market for health care delivery, analogous to that of the INTERNET market.

Work description:
CHS will consist of a clinical centre unit (deployed where home care is co-ordinated) and a home care patients' home. The home care unit will be a mobile personal computer equipped with telemedicine measurement devices, data management and decision support software, and connection with the hub unit of the supporting clinical centre.

It will provide a variety of care support functions including:
(a) Reception of information from a variety of measurement devices
(b) Step - by step instruction for the patient to perform measurements
(c) Decision support to identify and correct measurement problems
(d) Storage of collected information in a patient data base
(e) Forwarding and downloading data to and from the clinical centre unit
(f) Decision support to treat simple clinical problems that do not require direct consultation with clinicians (physicians or nurses).

Data management will integrate the patient profile, a home monitoring database, and store-forward technology while two types of decision support technologies will be applied in the home care unit of the system: a neural networks to recognise artefacts and faulty measurement situations; and a rule - based decision support system for the management of measurement errors and assistance in correcting measurement problems. The clinical centre unit will assist a variety of functions in co-operation with the home care unit through profiling of patients and identifying their particular health care needs, including monitoring, selecting and configuring the home care unit for the patient to use, educating patients about measurements and the use of home care unit, providing ongoing support in form of regular home visits and telephone consultations, periodic download from home care units and review of collected information, and emergency telephone/video conferences and other support in case of unexpected problems.

Milestones:
CHS will consist of a clinical centre unit deployed where home care is co-ordinated and a home care unit deployed in the patients' home. The home care unit will be a mobile personal computer equipped with telemedicine measurement devices, data management and decision support software, and connection with the hub unit of the supporting clinical centre. The clinical centre unit will assist a variety of functions in co-operation with the home cares unit.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

PHILIPS MEDICAL SYSTEMS S.P.A.
Address
Piazza Iv Novembre 3
20123 Milano
Italy

Participants (7)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus, Administraton Building
54124 Thessaloniki
ASOCIACION CENTRO ALTA TECNOLOGIA EN ANALISIS IMAGEN
Spain
Address
La Cuesta, Facultad De Medicina. Universidad De La Laguna. C
38400 La Laguna - Tenerife
CARD-GUARD SCIENTIFIC SURVIVAL LIMITED
Israel
Address
2 Pekeris Street, Rabin Science Park
76100 Rehovot
KLINIKUM DER UNIVERSITAET REGENSBURG
Germany
Address
Franz-josef-strauss-allee 11
93053 Regensburg
PFLEGETEAM BAUMER-CURAVITA
Germany
Address
Von-donle-strasse 1
93055 Regensburg
POULIADIS ASSOCIATES CORP
Greece
Address
Sigrou Avenue 142
17671 Athens
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova