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Wearable Electronics for Effective Lung Monitoring

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.
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Coordinator

EXODUS ANONYMOS ETAIREIA PLIROFORIKIS

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Estias 1 & Mesogeion 73-75
11526 Athina

Greece

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 640 000

Participants (8)

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CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 986 675

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 584 375

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 402 500

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 548 125

SMARTEX S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 440 000

ELSYS EASTERN EUROPE DOO DRUSTVO ZAPROJEKTOVANJE ELEKTRONSKIH SISTEMABEOGRAD (NOVI BEOGRAD)

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 98 000

ARTEC DESIGN OU

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 180 000

WELLICS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 825572

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    30 June 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 999 675

  • EU contribution

    € 3 999 675

Coordinated by:

EXODUS ANONYMOS ETAIREIA PLIROFORIKIS

Greece