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Mobile Health Care

Type of activity
Competitive project
Funding entity
European Commission
Funding entity code
IST-2001-36006 - MOBIHEALTH
Start date
2002-04-01
End date
2003-09-30
URL
http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/64575_en.html Open in new window
Abstract
MobiHealth aims at introducing new mobile value added services in the area of health, based on 2.5 and 3 G technologies. This will be done with the integration of sensors and actuators to a Wireless Body Area Network. These sensors and actuators will continuously measure and transmit vital constants along with audio and/or video to health service providers and brokers, improving on one side the life of patients and allowing on the other side the introduction of new value added services in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention, disease diagnostic, remote assistance, para-health services, physical state monitoring (sports) and even clinical research. Furthermore, the MobiHealth BAN system will support the fast and reliable application of remote assistance in cases of accidents, by allowing the paramedics to send reliable vital constants data as well as audio and video from the accident site.%L%LObjectives:%LA first objective is to prove the advantages and feasibility of the use of 2.5 and 3 G infrastructure in e-health. A second objective is to provide the means contributing to the reduction of costs in hospitals and health care, by providing the patients with complete, personalized monitoring of their health in-home, while pursuing a normal life. A third objective is to provide a basis for the development of new value added services and business applications by SME's on top of 2.5 - 3 G technology in mobile health and vital constants monitoring. The technical objectives of the project are to integrate the MobiHealth BAN for m-health services, by adapting existing technology extended with wireless communication capabilities over public 2.5 - 3 G networks and validate it with a series of large scale trials.%L%LWork description:%LThe idea of MobiHealth is to develop trials providing continuous medical care (in- and out-home) based on wireless vital constants' sensors and actuators integrated in a generic Body Area Network (BAN) communicating with different health brokers via GPRS and UMTS connections. The basic wireless BAN will be generic enough to allow the seamless integration (wear and use) of different sensors and actuators. This way, different types of services of continuous health monitoring will be able to be introduced like home care, physical state during sports applications, patient follow-up, medical testing, etc.%L%LThe MobiHealth project will integrate a BAN platform using existing and forthcoming experimental 2.5 - 3 G hardware components and prototypes ( like Compaq iPAQ, programmable Ericsson telephones, NEC 2001 FOMA handsets), and different sets of sensors and actuators available in the market today, by adapting and extending them with a wireless connection. The MobiHealth BAN will next be used in the frame of a series of trials and the business perspectives of the new value added services will be evaluated along with the capabilities of the public GPRS and UMTS to support this type of value added services. The project targets the integration of the required infrastructure implementing the BAN. The results of the project will be a series of large-scale trials demonstrating the feasibility of the application, its usefulness and a verification of the suitability of the 2.5 - 3 G network infrastructures. The project incorporates major European operators (Telia (SE) and Telefonica (ES)), hospitals (MST (NL), HCPB (ES)), a health call center (GSCOUT (D)), a sensor/actuator manufacturer (TMS (NL)), infrastructure companies (Ericsson (D), Philips (UK), Compaq (NL)), academic institutes (Universities of Twente (NL) and Pompeu Fabra (ES)) and a wireless application designers (CMG (NL) and Yucat (NL)).%L%LMilestones:%LThe major milestones of the project are the intergration of the generic BAN, expected to be completed by month 12 of the project, the definition of the trial scenarios and evaluation methodology, expected to be completed by month 12 and the completion of the trials at the end of the project. The expected results include the validation of the GPRS and UMTS infrastructures for new m-health related value added services and applications.

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