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Patient@home

Development of welfare technology to support the hospitalisation of patients in their own home

PatientathomeRadical innovation is needed in the Danish health sector. Demographic changes mean that within the next 10 years the number of Danish citizens who are 64+ will increase by around 200,000. At the same time, life expectancy for Danes is steadily increasing and the number of citizens with chronic illnesses and disorders is growing. This is a development that will challenge the health sector, putting the hospital service in particular under pressure.

Patient@home, Denmark's largest welfare-technological research and development project, is contributing to solving these problems. The vision is to optimise medical care in the Danish hospital service by linking traditional treatment with technology-supported home monitoring, care and rehabilitation. The project's welfare-technological solutions will support the necessary development in the health sector in terms of more outpatient treatments and hospitalisation of patients in their own home followed up with home monitored treatment, care and/or rehabilitation.

Focus areas

Patient@home is working on a number of selected areas and subsidiary projects which will ensure a wide impact of the project's results in the health sector.

Rehabilitation

A subsidiary project with focus on rehabilitation of geriatric patients and others with reduced cognitive function, developing technology to facilitate home-based rehabilitation. For example, a sensor-based feedback system is being developed to monitor the patient's activity level and measure progress during rehabilitation.

Home Monitoring

Another subsidiary project, working towards the development and establishment of home monitoring systems corresponding to the treatment and direction taking place in hospitals. The vision is to have a sensor system in the patient's home that can keep hospital personnel informed of the patient's general condition in order to provide rapid treatment or advice if required.

CARE

The CARE project is aimed at the development of robots and robotics units which, depending on the type and severity of the patient's disorder, can engage and motivate the patient as well as support and help them in daily activities in the home.

ICT-Infrastructure

A special focus on ICT-Infrastructure will tie together the project's other subsidiary projects in patients' homes. This subsidiary project will investigate and develop a prototype for a generic home network infrastructure that can manage and work together with the other projects.

Information and Knowledge Management

New methods require new tools. Through this project, Patient@home is setting in motion the development of tools and techniques for measuring patients' condition at home. This includes the possibility of identifying and responding to measurements from patients at high risk of relapse or to detect signals of deterioration in the patient's condition.

Documentation

All products deriving from Patient@home must be evaluated for clinical approval. The documentation project uses the MAST model for this purpose. Read more at www.mast-model.info.

In addition to the above projects, Patient@home consists of a number of innovation projects and initiatives which in close collaboration with companies will result in the project's research leading to real products by the time the project concludes. Product development drawn from the project's research findings will happen immediately and 6 fast-track projects will be launched so that success can be quickly generated. By the project's conclusion, the aim is to have 40 welfare-technological products ready for the market.

Read more about Patient@home HERE.

Project partners

A number of Danish and international academic and research institutions spearheaded by the University of Southern Denmark and 29 companies, of which 22 are small and medium-sized companies.

Funding

Patient@home is receiving funding of 70 million DKK from The Danish Council for Strategic Research and The Danish Council for Technology and Innovation. Syddansk Vækstforum is contributing to the project with 18.6 million DKK. The project's total budget is 190 million DKK.

Time frame

The project starts in March 2012 and is expected to conclude in February 2018.

Contact person
Uffe Kock WiilUffe Kock Wiil

Professor

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark

+45 6011 3565

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