Health pilot two new projects of telemedicine in cardiac patients with knee prosthesis

30 09 2010

The Living Lab health Andalusia initiative is currently working on two new innovative telemedicine projects that will monitor the rehabilitation patients that a prosthetic knee and those hit by cardiac pathologies has implemented on-site.

In particular, the two projects aim to improve follow-up of these patients home rehabilitation to optimize results, as reported in a note Friday health.

In the case of the rehabilitation of knee, the project incorporates the use of wireless motion sensors, as well as an interactive application for the patient with simulation in 3D, It automatically updates the therapies and customized rehabilitation sessions for each patient. In addition, It offers a portal of monitoring for the therapist, It includes videoconsulta with the patient.

For its part, the cardio rehabilitation project aims to reduce readmissions for patients with heart failure. This work is based on the use of pedometers, heart rate monitors and oximeters, that make it possible to control parameters such as temperature and respiration rate, from which health professionals can keep track of the patient.

These two projects in telemedicine, developed by Telefónica I d in collaboration with the Ministry of health, they are example of public-private partnerships in the field of innovation in Andalusia.

In this way, the business activity of research and technological development is completed with the pilot, provided by the Ministry of industry, in the home of patients in community hospitals, that you are voluntarily offered to collaborate in these programs.

Two new rehabilitation initiatives are added to projects that has been developing Living Lab health Andalusia and that are encouraged in addition to telemedicine, the early diagnosis of disease and the application of new information and communication technologies to the field of health.

Integrate this platform 75 the world of management entities, the company - which include Telefónica r & d-, the University and end users. These multidisciplinary teams are responsible for the detection of the actual needs and solutions that can be put in place to meet them, as well as identifying the internal dynamism, sources of funding and the projection of the Living Lab out of Andalusia.

The meeting was organized by Telefónica I d, one of the members of the Living Lab health Andalusia and that you have created the center of demonstrations in Granada. This Center has the support of the Ministry of health and aims to promote the information society in the autonomous community.

Europapress.es [en línea] Seville (Spain): europapress.es, 24 de septiembre de 2010 [REF. of 30 de septiembre de 2010] Available on Internet:

http://www.europapress.es/Andalucia/…



A study on the design of the model of citizen participation in health of Puertollano, awarded at the national level

27 09 2010

The work entitled “Design of a model of citizen participation in health in the community of Castilla - La Mancha and implementation in the Area of health of Puertollano (2005-2008) He has won the national award “25 anniversary of the University Hospital complex in Albacete”.

The work done by Alvaro Santos, César Fernández and José María Bleda, It won the award that is delivered for the first time at the national level during the delivery of the 17TH Edition of the research awards of the Albacete hospital.

The prize was destined for the best work of research on health management and health technology assessment published in scientific journals, specialized and developed in national territory, as reported by the Board in press release.

The paper describes the model of citizen participation in health in the Area of Puertollano, Pioneer at national and international level, based on deliberative democracy, through proposals to the management of the sanitary Area contract, made by citizens to individual title or through the associations and social and health organizations present in the Area.

This experience put into operation by the Government of Castilla - La Mancha in Puertollano, It is intended that citizens can get involved directly in the day-to-day management of health resources, even with decision-making capacity part of the budgets to the Board of communities destined for the integrated management of Puertollano.

This model extends the ability of decision, management and responsibility of citizens in the health system, the user became the axis of the public health system, accomplishing that it is co-gestor and co-responsible with the Administration in the decision-making.

In the month of October of 2007 they began the formalities for the formation of organs of citizen participation, counting the Forum at the moment with sixty-two associations of Puertollano and region.

The model of citizen participation in the Area of Puertollano, which currently has with 62 associations, It has raised great interest at national and international levels in countries as Chile, Argentina, Canada and in communities such as Aragón, Andalusia, Balearic Islands and has been recognized with several national awards, among the prizes obtained in the X national meeting of programmes of community activities in primary care, the award obtained in the Spanish society Congress of attention to the user, recognition as a finalist in the awards Esteve and the prize for the best Idea of the year 2008 granted by medical journal.

Europapress.es [en línea] Ciudad Real (Spain): europapress.es, 27 de septiembre de 2010 [REF. of 27 de septiembre de 2010] Available on Internet:

http://www.europapress.es/Castilla-lamancha/Noticia…



100% Of the medical histories of primary care in Castilla La Mancha are electronic

22 09 2010

The Director of health and Social Welfare of Castilla - La Mancha, Fernando Lamata, emphasised at the opening in Toledo the first meeting ‘ citizens, Health & Technology’ the regional government has gone from not having virtually computer implementation to have 100 percent of electronic medical records in primary care.

As reported by the Board in press release, in this meeting, organised by the health service of Castilla - La Mancha, Spain (SESCAM) in collaboration with the IBM company, Lamata explained that there are challenges how to integrate the social and clinical histories of patients for the next decade, generate a digital signature card so that the user can access any service from any point, and another so that health professionals can make their reports from anywhere.

“We finished a prodigious decade, magnificent from the point of view of the management of the health, and which have been one of the strong information and communication technologies”, Lamata said, who has stressed that this meeting was taking place at a time when key for the health care organization.

For the owner of health and Social Welfare, “has been a cultural change in the organization that the patient gives confidence and strengthens the therapeutic role of the professional”. Also, has been convinced that in ten years in the region health care people will benefit from the ability to give new technologies.

The meeting held Tuesday in Toledo aims to analyze how information and communication technologies can help organizations and civic associations, companies and administrations that are innovative to improve the quality of life of patients and users of health systems.

Also, It seeks to identify specific action programmes that contribute to retrofit the capabilities of the system to better respond to the challenge of the chronicity. AND, At last, generate a synthesis from the shared reflections document in which prioritize recommendations for action in relation to the technologies of the information and the users of the health.

Europapress.es [en línea] Toledo (Spain): europapress.es, 22 de septiembre de 2010 [REF. of 22 de septiembre de 2010] Available on Internet:

http://www.europapress.es/Sociedad/Salud/Noticia…



Haur Zaintz project @: Technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of children's disorders

20 09 2010

Basque entities developed a new technology for diagnosis and treatment of children's neurodevelopment disorders.

The Haur Zaintz project @, which started in July last year and will culminate at the end of 2011, It is framed in the context of the study and care of child neurodevelopment disorders. A consortium of companies including Basque Virtualware, working on the development of a technological solution to the diagnosis, monitoring and evolution of collective child neurodevelopment disorders.

- Its goal is to provide a technological solution to help your diagnosis, treatment and follow-up using the latest technologies.

- Members of the Consortium working on the project financed by SPRI, within the framework of the Etorgai call, the following companies and centres: Bilbomática (project leader), GTS Thaumat, Virtualware, Bizgorre, Progenika, Seafood Foundation, University of Deusto (Deustotech-life engineering and equipment of DeustoSalud Neuropsychology) and Osatek/Bioef. This initiative is part of the Strategic Plan 2009-2012 GAIA-ICT cluster, within its segmento-mercado eHealth-eHogar.

- Child neurodevelopmental disorders include Asperger's syndrome due to their power, with a prevalence of 48 of each 10.000 people; and the attention Deficit and hyperactivity disorder syndrome, with an incidence of 7 cases by each 1.000 inhabitants.

This is the Haur Zaintz project @ that, SPRI-funded under call Etorgai, began in 2009 and its completion is scheduled in 2011.

The project is led by Bilbomática and formed by GTS Thaumat, Virtualware, Bizgorre, Progenika, Seafood Foundation; University of Deusto (Deustotech-life engineering and equipment of DeustoSalud Neuropsychology) and Osatek/Bioef, and it is framed within the Strategic Plan 2009-2012 Gaia ICT Cluster, within its segmento-mercado eHealth-eHogar.

In regards to the technology, the system will be based on a series of subsystems with a large component of development and integration of software and hardware. Virtual reality and 3D techniques are used, catches of signals from the brain through functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI as well as applications - both embedded in software- for information processing and decision making, either automatically or assisted.

Since the consortium they stress that it is a solution addressed to its use by practitioners and specialists in hospitals, residences, educational centres, management, etc. “"keeping in mind that the end user will be children with problems of neurofunctional development".

This online, They added that the aim of the project has focused on the development and implementation of solutions sociotecnologicas and therapeutic, based on technology platforms and user-friendly interfaces, "you are an improvement on the methods of diagnosis and treatment of these disorders". Also, "is developing a web tool for the upload and high of diseases described using the latest technologies", announce.

Virtualware.es [en línea] Basauri (Spain): virtualware.es, 16 March of 2010 [REF. of 20 de septiembre de 2010] Available on Internet:

http://www.virtualware.es/ES/Noticia/actualidad-virtualware…



Citic researchers develop a smart House to improve the lives of the Alzheimer patients

16 09 2010

Researchers of the Andalusian Centre of innovation and information technology and communications (CITIC) participate in the development of a European project that aims to build a smart House to keep the as long as possible the independence of older persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Andalusia Innova said in a note, Smart Home for Elderly People (HOPE), name of the initiative, aims to help older people, specifically to those with Alzheimer's disease, to have a more independent life, extending your social life and mental capacities, being translated, all this, in a slowdown in the level of progression of this neurodegenerative disease.

HOPE will develop an intelligent tool - Based IP Universal Control Box (UCB)-to manage the different subsystems and terminals inside the residence of one older person. Like this, through the fusion of the advantages offered by the hardware, radio frequency networks, wireless networks, sensors and digital and analog converters, telecommunications infrastructure and decision support technologies, the goal is to project a smart House characterized by usability, flexibility, adaptability and intelligence.

This device is ready to remind the old man let the door open, or the kitchen fire on and depending on a temperature sensing system, You can remind a patient with Alzheimer's you need to drink water or, If you become ill, You can access medical Telecare. In this way, increase their autonomy in some way avoiding the loss of functions and cognitive skills.

The devices that will be needed in the home or residence of an old man for the implementation of this system are wireless sensors, a local server (desktop or laptop) with Internet connection, and a central server responsible for managing data from different local servers.

Mediterranean partnership

This project involves, In addition to Citic, six others and Spanish research groups, Greek and Italian, so it will be done three pilot tests, one in each participating country: in Athens (Greece), in San Giovanni Rotondo (Italy) and, towards the end of July, in a nursing home in Torremolinos, in Malaga (Spain).

Once the installation, be carried out for tests of the complete system, integrating previously with the central server, You will group the data gathered from each of the three pilot homes, and it is estimated that for October begins the phase of evaluation of the system on network.

20minutos.es [en línea] Seville (Spain): 20miminutos.esn July 6 of 2010 [REF. of 16 de septiembre de 2010] Available on Internet:

http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/757951/0/



Spanish engineers analyzed the involvement of Internet in health and education

13 09 2010

Held in Valencia the third national Congress of Informatics

The challenge of the new generation of search engines is to pass in a Web of people seeking, a tool that addresses personal needs. “Currently, there are thousands of search engines and people just know a few. The people who come to the Web does not want to search for, want to find”, ensures Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Vice President of Yahoo! Research for Europe, Middle East and Latin America, directs laboratories in Barcelona and Santiago Chile, for whom the future of the Web and the Internet does not pass only by the computer areas, but it involves many other disciplines such as sociology, the economy, design, psychology or Ethnography. “The challenge is to find out what people want?? and all persons who currently want to do the same to join”, Describes graphically Baeza, that has opened the Spanish III Congress of Informatics in the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

More than 1.400 Congressmen of all the sub specialities next to the language of computer science come together today in Valencia in 14 Workshop and a plenary, the next Saturday, that concludes the Congress that addresses the new scientific and technological challenges in software engineering. Engineers, physical, biologists, programmers, teachers, mathematicians or doctors gather for four days to address the new research in the field of AI to information technologies and communications in education, computer graphics or data mining applications.

Medicine and health informatics occupy a place of first order in Congress. “We are defining the concept of quality of life economics”, aclaraGregorio Martin Quetglas, the UPV Robotics expert, stresses as the doctor is built as one more than the team together for the computer in the Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia. Quetglas predicts that “some medical specialties will disappear from the physical environment of the hospital”. For example, Radiology. “There will be an X-ray operator, an image that travels and electronic medical record, without greater hospital infrastructure”.

In fact, Gregorio Gómez, Director of health assistance of the Valencian Agency of health warns of the potential future of this branch of computer science, both in turnover and employees and academic. Although, as he has warned his colleague Ignacio Martos Pérez, Indra SA, -company that has more of 700 Professional (all branches, legal, medical, Engineering, etc.) working in health projects that require highly specialized and coordination- “the industry already has a problem, you need a high code of ethics and ICT specialists trained with skills”.

Martos advocated a greater diversification of specialties, programs and postgraduate courses specializing in health technology. “There is a demand for specialized professionals, We must be capable of generating an offer. The challenge is at university level, training of the specialized teachers applied to ICT in all fields, because if not the industry it is not height”, topped.

For Oscar Sanz, Director of development of health programs of Microsoft European challenge goes by the “interoperability” on all stakeholders, medical, patients and administrations. “Interoperability must be technical, semantics, organizational and legislative”, to remove the current digital barriers. So is contained in the Action Plan of the European Digital Agenda in May of 2010. The agenda has two phases: all users secure online access and widespread digitized services, It would simplify the “standards base”. But the “convergence in the E-Health requires greater coordination between rulers and technicians”.

Vicente Traver, PhD in telecommunications of the UPV, considers that e-health is a key instrument to efficiently manage, print to the health service equity and level benefits and investigate and to share everything related to rare or uncommon diseases. Only from that “data traffic” You can create a “the evidence medicine”. Solid. AND, above all, reduce “the number of errors in the reading of a diagnosis or prescription”. “In the United States”, recalled the chilling fact that 10.000 people die a year only for transcription errors”.

THE country technology [en línea] Valencia (Spain): THE COUNTRY, 8 de septiembre de 2010 [REF. of 13 de septiembre de 2010] Available on Internet: <http://www.elpais.com/Articulo/Tecnologia/informaticos/espanoles/analizan/implicacion/Internet/Sanidad/Educacion/>



Health will expedite the donation and transplantation by «mail»

9 09 2010

The Ministry of health and Social Affairs has introduced a new system of communication ‘ on line’ for professionals involved in the process of donation and transplantation, known by the name of ‘ Carla ’, which allow you to expedite the search for a recipient when an organ becomes available with «safer» data transmission.

This application comes from a joint project of the National transplant organization (ONT) and the Vodafone Foundation, and collecting information from the central system of the ONT that works, through a system of e-mail messages, It is distributed among all professionals involved in the process of donation and transplantation.

To do this, regional and hospital transplantation coordinators take a phone ‘BlackBerry‘ -Since this terminal allows you to receive emails- from which they may send and receive data from the donor "in real time and in writing", to view the suitability of their bodies and can be exploited by any of their patients.

As explained by the Minister of industry, Trinidad Jiménez, so far this communication was carried out by telephone, so this new system “It speeds up the transmission of data and the search for a receiver” because «»You will reach all the coordinators at the same time». The same, allow you to check the blood group of the donor in writing, What “will help avoid errors” with a such a fundamental element in transplants before communicated by telephone.

“The availability of organs should be immediate and the entire process must be completed in a few hours”, added the general Secretary of health, José Martínez Olmos, that is why this new device shorten “even more” the time that elapses between a donor is recorded until the transplant begins. The first phase of this system has already implanted in the headquarters of the ONT and regional coordination of transplants, and its implementation underway between the rest of the hospital coordinators is scheduled for later this year. The objective is that the second phase of this system, It will also incorporate applications related to logistics and the development of statistical data, ready in the first quarter of 2011.

The Minister of health has pointed out that the system of communication of the ONT “already worked well”, as shown by Spain is leader in donations from donor and transplant organs, While recognizing that “You should always incorporate the latest cutting-edge technology to improve“.

This same mentioned the President of Vodafone, Francisco Roman, ensuring that this project is “an example of how technology can bring immediacy and security“. In addition, It has announced that they are in talks with other countries so this application can also streamline their processes of organ donation and transplantation.

ABC Company [en línea] Madrid (Spain): ABC, 1 de septiembre de 2010. [REF. of 9 de septiembre de 2010] Available on Internet: <http://www.abc.es/20100901/sociedad/carla-donaciones-201009011222.html>



Dr MONGUET: ICT in the health sector: e-health, a sea of opportunities

6 09 2010

 

Josep M. Monguet Fierro

Dr. industrial engineer and Professor at the UPC.

The demand for health services is an important route. The sector will grow in the long term, What will increase expenditure in health more, in proportion, What do disposable income. The most relevant fact, It is the continued growth of the demand occurs in a context of provision of services where there is a very high rate of inefficiencies. Like this, the endemic weaknesses of management in health services alongside scientific excellence in the various medical fields. However, the demand for health services must be seen as an asset and as one opportunity rather than as a problem. The health system is the basis on which it is possible to design, test and develop new products (services, strategies and business models) in the field of health. E-health can be viewed through three consecutive waves based on leveraging ICT for:

a) Eliminate distances and manage time. In many cases the treatment distance saves transfers of patients and optimizes the management of hospitals. ICT approach also hospitals and specialists including. In addition, the e-diagnostico, an emerging field, It allows to optimize the work of experts on the basis of a demand for specialized services to worldwide.

b) Create increased services. The patient is actively involved in their health and maximizes your personal effort for the improvement or the containment of behaviors of risk and chronic diseases. Increased services enable, because, enhance the care and support to the patient, taking advantage of its own information and the support of your environment. A physician-centric model is gradually passed to a model focused on the paciente-usuario. Increased services generate many data users which allow to increase the scientific knowledge to improve diagnosis and treatment.

(c)) Maximize lifelong learning at all levels. In the decision-making protocols that have been decided by the authorities play an important role (top down), but most importantly the component of decision that widely extends throughout the system. In health services is essential to leadership distributed throughout the system that enables optimal decision-making of local character. This leadership is the result of a strategy based on lifelong learning at all levels of the system.

Thus, the three waves overlap to define a sea of opportunities for innovation (image).