This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 611709
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How can patients with respiratory allergies get faster access to effective treatment?
Respiratory allergies are the most common allergies in Europe. Allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and asthma affects 400 to 500 million people worldwide. In France, it is estimated that up to one
in three adults is affected by them. People living in developed countries (specially children and teenagers) are and will be the most affected. Patients suffering this type of allergies currently
require 8-10 years (with a worsen of symptoms) from initial symptom manifestation till specialized treatment to modify the disease.
There is a need to shorten this time to improve patient quality of life via faster access to effective treatment. Early treatment leads to a better control of the disease and has preventive effects.
About the proposer
Stallergenes is a global pharmaceutical company with leading innovation, provider of allergy solutions all around the world. Its comprehensive approach to allergic diseases includes a complete portfolio combining diagnosis products and treatments, and a new generation of allergen immunotherapy treatments. Each year, almost 500,000 patients are treated with Stallergenes medicines.
How can user authentication for remote patient telemonitoring be improved?
In recent years an increasing number of healthcare organizations have incorporated telemonitoring services in order to remotely gather data about the condition of some patients (usually with chronic diseases). This data is then stored and analysed, so actions can be triggered in case the analysis suggests that a patient requires an intervention to prevent hospitalization.
In order to generate trust on the system and make it cost-effective, it is critical to ensure data quality to avoid wrong interpretations. Therefore most systems now directly consume the data directly from the sensor(s), to prevent errors or alterations by patient manipulation.
An issue still remains though: how to be reasonable sure that the data comes from the patient subject of the telemonitoring, and not from another person with access to the sensor(s). As a trade-off, the technology to validate the identity should be as non-intrusive as possible to facilitate the data collection at the patient end.
About the proposer
TicSalut Foundation, an agency within the Ministry of Health of Catalonia, promotes the development and use of ICT for health and social care in Catalonia. TicSalut works with all public health providers in the development of new relationship models between health and social care professionals and the Catalan citizens (7,5 million). Recently the Catalan government approved the first mHealth regional strategy (mHealth.Cat Plan) promoted in all Europe. The Plan will facilitate the access to mobile resources (mobile devices, specific apps and telemonitoring tools) to help the public to take care of their health and share information with health and social care professionals. TicSalut is the coordinator of this Plan.
Intelligent video or other surveillance technology to help patients with intellectual disability or mental diseases
The proposer would like to assess state of the art surveillance technology to support health care and social care professionals that take care of patients with intellectual disability and/or mental diseases in order to address the following:
The technology should be able to:
The proposer is aware of "intelligent video" technology for surveillance to address these requirements, but other technologies that fulfil them would be also of interest. The organization is not interested in fall prevention solutions.
About the proposer
MútuaTerrassa is a group of professionals working together in different entities and companies with the aim of protecting and improving people’s health. Founded in 1900, the company employs 4.000 staff and operates across the geographical area of Catalonia and in some activities across the whole of Spain. Its Social Care Strategic Unit manages Residential Home and Geriatric Day-Care Centers, Geriatric Centers, Centers for the severely mentally handicapped and Centers for mentally handicapped throughout Catalonia (980 residential beds and 368 users of daycare centers). The Social Care Strategic Unit holds annually a knowledge transfer event where other social care experts and entities participate.
How can mobile technology support responsible alcohol consumption in youngsters?
Alcohol consumption in youngsters is a significant public health problem, usually associated with leisure time. The consequences of excessive consumption can be severe for the health and welfare of young people, and can influence their future expectations.
The regional Department of Health has launched the ´Youngster and Alcohol Program´, with several initiatives to address this problem. One of these actions aims to develop awareness campaigns and communication strategies on responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages aimed at adolescents, using the media and communication channels more appealing to them.
Since their consumption pattern is different from the adult population, it requires a specific approach. Given the extensive use of smart phones among young people, mobile technology could be leveraged as a supporting tool for addressing this problem.
The proposer is looking for ideas to develop a mobile app that supports responsible alcohol consumption in youngsters. It should include content explaining the risks and support prevention. To increase the acceptance of the app, it should have an appealing design and incorporate added-value functionalities for the target population. It is critical that the app is attractive enough as to be downloaded and effectively used by the targeted population.
If the ideas presented to this challenge are interesting enough, the Department of Health will fund the development of the mobile app.
About the proposer
The Directorate of Public Health and Addictions of the Basque Health Department is a public body responsible for the definition of
comprehensive policy on drug dependence in the Basque Country (Spain). It is also responsible of promoting risk and damage reduction initiatives on drug-addictions, as well as the promotion and
support of programs and initiatives aimed at drug-addictions prevention.
How can mobile technology support access to an Automated External Defibrillator when needed?
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm. With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be used by people with no particular clinical training.
In January 2005, the first decree regulating the use of AEDs in the Basque Country was issued, and soon will be the 10th Anniversary of the placement of the first AED in our region. During these years the network of AEDs available in public areas has grown significantly, and the Department of Health is interested in publicizing its existence and increasing public awareness about their proper use.
Given the widespread use of smart phones, mobile apps could be used to facilitate access to the AED network. Among other functionalities, the app should provide the location of the nearest AED, by accessing information updated by the Basque Emergency Service, and show directions. It should also enable priority telephone contact with the Basque Emergency Service. The proposer would like to investigate other ideas to maximize value and support public uptake.
About the proposer
The Department of Health is established as the planning agency, funder and regulator of all health aspects in the Basque Country. Its
main functions are to identify health priorities of the Basque population, to develop policies to try to improve the level of health, to finance public healthcare so the citizens receive the
necessary health care, to ensure quality in health services to the population and to contribute to the development of health sciences.
How can mobile technology support the medicine purchase for policyholders of an insurance company?
The proposer would like to support its policyholders at the time of purchasing medicines in the pharmacy. The objective is to facilitate the access to the different pharmacological options (both trademarked and generic medicines) together with other relevant information (eg. price, dosage, side effects, etc), so the patient can make better informed decisions when acquiring the prescribed compound.
The initial target would not be chronic or elderly patients, but rather those comfortable with the use of technology that have a prescription for an acute situation for which multiple (similar) pharmacological options exist. The proposer expects that mobile technology could be leveraged to support the cost-effectiveness of this kind of purchases.
Since the insurer maintains a ´Health Biography´ (Electronic Health Record) of its policyholders, this information could be leveraged to automatically detect incompatibilities or warn about risky side effects associated with the different options. As an added value, users could also add other relevant information to personalize what and how information should be displayed to them.
About the proposer
With 7.6 million insured persons and a volume of premiums of 5.300 Million euros, DKV is the European leader in health insurance. In Spain, we have become one of the top four medical national insurance companies, through our two commercial trademarks:
DKV and ERGO. Here we are providing services for nearly 2 million clients.
How can technology help patients to take their medicines as prescribed?
There is evidence that between 30 -50% of prescribed medicines for long term conditions are not taken as recommended. This is known as non-adherence. The factors which contribute to non-adherence fall into two overlapping categories:
Whatever the cause, non-adherence represents a health loss for the individual and an economic loss for society. Consequences include; reduced quality of life; deterioration of health and unplanned admissions to hospital as people fail to gain the optimal outcomes form their medicines.
About the proposer
Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) on behalf of Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). NHSCT is a Trust in Northern Ireland serving a population of 436,000 people across a geographical area of 1,733 square miles. It has recently become the Regional Hub for Innovation, Research and Service Development in Medicines Optimisation. The Hub will be taking forward a work plan of research and service development to develop solutions to address gaps in Medicines Optimisation.
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