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MyHeart

Project description

eHealth Clothing that is close to the heart

Smart clothing and health sensors developed by European researchers could save thousands of lives by providing earlier diagnoses, closer monitoring and a means to help people manage any heart problems.

The MyHeart project team developed smart textiles so clothing could be embedded with health sensors. Smart clothing offers a safe, effective and simple way for people to take a greater role in managing their own health.

Such clothing is designed to monitor patients located anywhere, and send reports wirelessly on their real-time vital signs to health professionals. One of the drivers for the development is it makes compliance with medical advice easier because patients can regularly monitor their state of health.

The use of smart clothing for health should be highly cost-effective, alerting patients and doctors when a new development needs medical attention or when a management regime needs adjusting.

Stylish healthcare revolution

Smart textiles incorporate clever electronics in the weave of a material. They are comfortable and easy to wear, they work around the clock in the background, or they can take periodic readings. Smart clothing can even be fashionable.

The clothing can communicate wirelessly with the patient and doctors via PDAs, computers, mobile phones and other systems. The clothing can be deployed for both short and long-term patient management.

The development could create a revolution in healthcare. Cardiovascular diseases affects 20% of Europeans and accounts for a staggering 45% of all deaths through myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, complications and other conditions. It is the number one cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation.

Such a high incidence creates a huge problem for healthcare management and is an enormous drain on resources. Worse, cardiovascular diseases are forecast to become more common and widespread as Europe’s population ages over the next 20 years.

Risk factors

Smart clothing could also help tackle the chief risk factors of cardiovascular disease, namely inactivity, poor sleep, stress and obesity.

For example, the MyHeart team looked at ways of assessing sleep quality and diagnosing sleep disorders at home. The team also explored ways to monitor a patient’s physical activity and manage obesity and other conditions.

The researchers developed prototypes of four ‘concepts’ that offered the greatest benefits. The first concept relates to the management of heart failure patients by monitoring their vital signs with sensors integrated into the clothing. The sensors can communicate wirelessly with PDAs, providing alerts and feedback.

The second prototype, the NeuroRehab system, can provide remote rehabilitation support for stroke sufferers. The use of sensors linked to PDAs can help medical staff guide and monitor a patient’s rehabilitation routine, including the exercises they perform to maintain and improve function in affected body parts.

Specialists can then supervise the treatment remotely. The system also makes it easier for patients to comply with the treatment advice. It is ideal for rural regions, and could save citizens the time, money and inconvenience of having to travel to a medical centre, which may be far away.

The third prototype, the Take Care concept, uses sensors and PDAs to help people at risk and those who want to stay healthy. The prototype assesses and helps patients reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by addressing sleep problems, stress, inactivity and overweight.

Maximum efficiency

Lastly, the activity coach prototype provides a training platform to help users get the most out of exercise. The prototype combines a means of monitoring vital signs with appropriate medical feedback.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/angiology/vascular diseases
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/cardiology/cardiovascular diseases

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-IST-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

PHILIPS TECHNOLOGIE GMBH
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Luebeckertordamm 5
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Germany
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 3 406 380

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PHILIPS INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS NV

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Belgium
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€ 685 713
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Interleuvenlaan 80
3001 Heverlee
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Other
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

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Switzerland
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€ 0
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Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
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Research Organisations
MEDGATE AG

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Switzerland
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€ 0
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Gellerstrasse 19
4052 Basel
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KRANKENHAUSBETRIEBSGESELLSCHAFT BAD OEYNHAUSEN MBH
Germany
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€ 0
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Georgstrasse 11
32545 Bad Oeynhausen
PHILIPS TECHNOLOGIE GMBH

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Germany
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€ 0
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Weisshausstrasse 2
52066 Aachen
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CRU CARDIAC RESEARCH UNIT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 16 060
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Georstr.
32545 Bad Oeynhausen
UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG
Germany
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€ 0
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Im Neuenheimer Feld 672
69120 Heidelberg
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DR. HEIN GMBH

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Germany
EU contribution
€ 481 799
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Fuerther Strasse 212
90429 Nuernberg
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Other
W. ZIMMERMANN GMBH & CO KG

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Germany
EU contribution
€ 140 653
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Riederstrasse 7
88171 Weiler-simmerberg
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 349 150
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Pauwelsstrasse 30
52074 Aachen
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MEDTRONIC IBERICA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 798 994
Address
Calle Maria De Portugal 11
28050 Madrid
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

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Spain
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€ 120 416
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Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
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SERVICIO MADRILENO DE SALUD
Spain
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€ 189 507
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Plaza Carlos Trias Bertran 7
28020 Madrid
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO DE APLICACIONES DE LAS TECNOLOGIAS DE LA INFORMACION Y DE LAS COMUNICACIONES AVANZADAS - ITACA

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Spain
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€ 765 259
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Camino De Vera S/n
46022 Valencia
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Research Organisations
FUNDACION PUBLICA ANDALUZA PARA LA INVESTIGACION DE MALAGA EN BIOMEDICINA Y SALUD
Spain
EU contribution
€ 40 300
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Calle Doctor Miguel Diaz Recio 28 Planta Baja
29010 Malaga
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FUNDACION PARA LA FORMACION E INVESTIGACION SANITARIAS DE LA REGION DE MURCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 28 180
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Calle Luis Fontes Pagan 9 Edif Emi Hospital Reina Sofia
30003 Murcia
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FUNDACION VODAFONE ESPANA

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Spain
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€ 622 089
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Avenida De America 115
28042 Madrid
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UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
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€ 837 286
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Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
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HOSPITAL CLINICO SAN CARLOS DE MADRID INSALUD

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Spain
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€ 0
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Lugar Ciudad Universi
28040 Madrid
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NOKIA OYJ

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Finland
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€ 350 063
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Karaportti 3
02610 Espoo
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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

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France
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€ 526 285
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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

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Italy
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€ 153 189
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Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
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MILIOR S.P.A.

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Italy
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€ 539 720
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Via Pistoiese 755/D
59100 Prato (Po)
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SMARTEX S.R.L.

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Italy
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€ 273 421
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Via Lungo Il Ficarello 3
59100 Prato
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LINEAPIU SPA

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Italy
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€ 167 175
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Via Gobetti
50010 Capalle
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€ 176 768
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Via Salvatore Maugeri 4
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POLITECNICO DI MILANO

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Italy
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€ 324 927
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Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
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UNIVERSITA DI PISA

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Italy
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€ 1 001 244
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Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
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CONSORZIO DI BIOINGEGNERIA E INFORMATICA MEDICA

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Italy
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€ 214 276
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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

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€ 24 401
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Piazza San Marco 4
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Italy
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€ 281 594
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Via Olgettina 60
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MANIFATTURE FILATI RIUNITE SPA

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Italy
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€ 59 308
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PHILIPS INTERNATIONAL B.V.

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Netherlands
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€ 1 344 455
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Groenewoudseweg 1
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MIND MEDIA B.V.

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Netherlands
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€ 34 892
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Schepersweg
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HOSPITAIS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
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€ 774
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Praceta Mota Pinto
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FACULDADE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
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€ 226 771
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Rua Silvio Lima, Polo Ii - Universidade De Coimbra
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PHILIPS ELECTRONICS UK LIMITED

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United Kingdom
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€ 133 039
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Guildford Business Park
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MAYO FOUNDATION

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United States
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