On Monday, a technologically-based technology solution for home-based, remote-assisted rehabilitation (VCT) technology is announced, which will begin testing patients with hospitals in December.
According to the name SvitHome, an "innovative system" that focused on "physical rehabilitation after a stroke, done at home, with remote monitoring of health workers," according to the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), consists of "intelligent" inserts of "two-interface-related" tablets "and" online communication platform between therapist and patient.
Technology, a result of collaboration between the Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR) of the FCTUC and the Pedro Nunes Institute (IPN), is being tested in December in patients in two hospitals, one in Barcelona (Spain) and another in Groningen (Netherlands).
In a message to the LUS agency, the FCTUC says that "the idea came in 2015 as part of the research of electronics research led by ISR Mahmoud Tavakoli.
"Knowing the project, IPN has explored its application potential and has progressed to constitute a consortium that enabled the development of a system that could reach the market", says FCTUC.
The team expanded to EIT Health, which has donated around 500,000 euros to the project, Fundacio Privada per la Recerca and La Docencia Sant Joan de Deu, Spain, to GMV Innovating Solutions, also from Spain, in University hospital in Groningen (The Netherlands) and two Portuguese drivers (Svord Health and SoftBionics).
The great goal of the SvitHome solution, which can reach the market by 2020, is to "rehabilitate patients in patients who have had a stroke. It is a technology that has a great impact, both for patients and for health systems," says Antonio Lindo that Cunha, the project coordinator currently working at the Laboratory of Automation and Systems (LAS) IPN in Coimbra.
"On the one hand, the patient is able to maintain sanitary aid on several occasions, reduce costs and speed up the recovery process. On the other hand, health workers can treat more people with the same human resources, adjust therapies and become more effective in rehabilitation", points out the FCTUC, Antonio Lindo da Cunha.
From sensors distributed throughout the floor, cartridges that are embedded in a patient's shoes evaluate up to 200 pressure points as they perform exercises determined by the therapist, in the form of a balanced game (developed for effect), installed on the tablet, explains the FCTUC.
At the same time, he added, "the system provides the patient with real-time information and sends information to the therapist through the web platform, allowing him to monitor the progress of rehabilitation and make adjustments if necessary."
What distinguishes this technology using flexible electronics and the consortium intends to extend its application to other pathologies, such as a diabetic foot, should be "personalized and participative". This technology "connects a patient with a healthcare provider, bet on the concept of a" home hospital ", emphasizes Antonio Lindo da Cunha.
"It is estimated that this technology implies a cost reduction of up to 35%, with a direct impact on healthcare spending and household savings", says the researcher.
The strike is one of the leading causes of death in Portugal. Every day, about 12 million people suffer from stroke and survive. Of these, two out of three have difficulty walking and have a high risk of falling.