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PatientathomePatient@Home is the largest welfare technological research- and innovation project in Denmark, focusing on new technologies and services – particularly for rehabilitation and monitoring in the Danish health care sector.

The Patient@Home project is expected to develop 40 new products and services that will support the health sector’s growing need for better and faster rehabilitation, more outpatient treatments and in-home hospitalisations of patients. The development of new services is done in interdisciplinary and public-private collaboration between health professionals, patients, private companies and research institutions. The new technologies and services will ensure that health care professionals throughout the entire sector have the necessary access to valid and consistent data about the patients and their individual need of treatment. OUH is benefitting from Patient@Home in the form of resources for further clinical testing, research, development and commissioning of four telemedicine projects:

“Baby briefcase” for maternity parents
OUH has a well-established telemedical video solution for COPD patients called the ‘Patient briefcase’. A pilot project will be implemented where new parents are offered to be discharged quickly after birth and take home a Patient Briefcase to offer more security. Through the briefcase they can make video-contact with staff at the hospital as needed. The staff can then see the baby, the breast-feeding etc. on the screen. The project includes 32 families, who will have the suitcase available for 3-6 days during the pilot project.

Monitoring of cardiac patients
1-3% of all hospitalisations are due to fainting or near-fainting. This typically results in hospitalisation for monitoring of cardiac function in 1-3 days – although the causes are often harmless. Therefore, the possibility to move this group of patients to their own home during the monitoring period will be investigated through studies and tests by the already developed technology ePatch – a wireless device for remote monitoring that measures cardiac data and sends it to the hospital through a portable receiver.

Sensors for diagnosing diabetic foot ulcers
The project “Diabetic foot ulcers” explores new sensor-technologies that give staff very precise tools to diagnose foot ulcers and ensure targeted treatment. Specifically, the project will develop sensors for measuring of temperature, pH, oxygenation, mucus, etc. in diabetic foot ulcers. The development of the sensors is based on and combined with an already developed prototype of a handheld 3D optical camera for precise wound imaging and measuring that is currently being tested at OUH.

Implementation of telemedical discharge conference
When a patient is discharged from hospital the municipality and hospital must cooperate to create a continuum, so that citizens are ensured the best possible quality in the transition from hospital to home.

OUH has carried out a pilot project testing the use of video conferencing systems for discharge conferences. Using video resulted in savings of administrative resources and transport of the parties involved, so the next step now is implementation of telemedical discharge conferences at OUH in collaboration with a number of municipalities.
In addition to the above projects, the Department of Quality and Research/MTV at OUH is also participating in Patient@Home, as experts in the evaluation model MAST (Model for ASsessment of Telemedicine). The MAST-model will be used for evaluation of projects in Patient@Home to ensure uniform assessment of the telemedicine solutions. Read more about the MAST-model here.

You can read more about Patient@Home on the project website.



Claus Duedal Pedersen
Chief Innovation Officer
Phone: 2115 3578
Mail: cdp@rsyd.dk

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