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Wearable Health Care System

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-2001-37778

  • Start date

    1 September 2002

  • End date

    28 February 2005

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 859 060

  • EU contribution

    € 1 775 569

Coordinated by:

MILIOR - S.P.A.

Italy

Objective

A new concept in healthcare, aimed to providing continuous remote monitoring of user vital signs, is emerging. In our project smart material in fibber and yarn form endowed with a wide range of electro physical properties (conducting, piezoresistive, etc) will be integrated and used as basic elements to be woven or knitted in fabric form. The simultaneous recording of vital signs wills allow parameters extrapolation and inter-signal elaboration that contribute to make alert messages and synoptic patient table. WEALTHY system will be implemented by integrating computing techniques, smart sensors, portable devices and telecommunications, together with local intelligence and decision support system. The proposal system will assist patients during rehabilitation or subjects working in extreme stressful environment conditions ensure continuous intelligent monitoring. A new concept in healthcare, aimed to providing continuous remote monitoring of user vital signs, is emerging. In our project smart material in fibber and yarn form endowed with a wide range of electro physical properties (conducting, piezoresistive, etc) will be integrated and used as basic elements to be woven or knitted in fabric form. The simultaneous recording of vital signs will allow parameters extrapolation and inter-signal elaboration that contribute to make alert messages and synoptic patient table. WEALTHY system will be implemented by integrating computing techniques, smart sensors, portable devices and telecommunications, together with local intelligence and decision support system. The proposal system will assist patients during rehabilitation or subjects working in extreme stressful environment conditions, ensure continuous intelligent monitoring.

OBJECTIVES
The main objective of WEALTHY is to set up a wearable healthcare system that will improve patient or user autonomy and safety. WEALTHY building blocks are:
1) cost-effective, non-invasive system based on wearable and wireless instrumented garments, which are able to detect user specific physiological signals;
2)intelligent system for data representation and alert functions for creating intelligent feedback and deliver information to a target professional;
3)electronic devices for signals transmission by using 3G wireless network,allowing monitor the patient ""anywhere"";
4) advance telecommunication protocols and services; 5) effective and user-friendly data format. WEALTHY solution will be validate in 2 pilot sites, with an active participation of users and healthcare institutions.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The WEALTHY activity is planned over 30 months. The specification of the system and the pilot application will be defined as the result of elaboration of user needs and technological requirements. The implementation of software modules will be conducted in parallel in order to assess the integration feasibility among sub modules. For this reason the first achievement of the integration is to evaluate the development phase results by establishing some checkpoints in order to make adjustments, if needed, on the ongoing implementation. The following steps need to considered:
-A new multifunctional fabric, integrating smart material in form of fibber or yarn, will be realised. Advance textile technology will be used in the component integration also considering comfort and fitting. The wearable garments will be tailored in different shapes. The position and the number of strain gauge sensors and electrodes will be determinate in terms of the anatomical location producing the signal and the signal/noise ratio. Alternative sensors will beaded, if needed, to increase the number of biophysical variables to be monitored.
-The portable part in charge of medical signal acquisition as well as information and communication management will be realised. The implantation of the future UMTS standard will also be examined.
-Data processing and representation module will perform the acquisition of physiological parameters, instantiation of path physiological model, diagnosis, feedback generation to the patient and to the medical team. Security mechanism will be implemented of controlling the authorisation to access and the manipulation of data and protecting sensitive information.

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Coordinator

MILIOR - S.P.A.

Address

Via Pistoiese 755/D
59100 Prato (Po)

Italy

Participants (8)

ATKOSOFT S.A.

Greece

CENTRE DE RECHERCHES DU SERVICE DE SANTE DES ARMEES

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

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

Switzerland

FONDAZIONE CENTRO SAN RAFFAELE DEL MONTE TABOR

Italy

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON

France

MESSE FRANKFURT GMBH

Germany

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-2001-37778

  • Start date

    1 September 2002

  • End date

    28 February 2005

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 859 060

  • EU contribution

    € 1 775 569

Coordinated by:

MILIOR - S.P.A.

Italy