TELECARE
Information
Programme
Cooperation 2011
Project Title
Home rehabilitation via telemonitoring of vital signs to prevent exacerbations in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Project Active
Yes
Project Duration
April 2013 - June 2015 (26 months)
Budget
€ 795,000
Funding
€ 603,750
Project Summary

The project aims at developing the most cost effective and clinically sound strategy to prevent exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). To achieve our goal we will compare two strategies for preventing exacerbations and subsequent hospitalization in patients with COPD. The first strategy will require development of a new service for daily home telemonitoring of vital signs during activities of daily living in patients with COPD. Telemonitoring will be managed by personnel at Filoktitis Rehabilitation Centre. This new home telemonitoring service will stimulate the need for the deployment of integrated ICT-supported care services in COPD that will be chieved by customizing an ICT platform (designed and built by Integrator) that will allow interaction between health professionals and patients. The developed home care services will allow a number of vital signs (such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation & peak expiratory flow) to be recorded by smart devices (provided by a health care solutions company such as SANTAIR) and transmitted, via blue tooth technology to mobile phones. By utilizing a GSM network, signals will be transmitted to the ICT platform located at Filoktitis. Besides those signals the platform will integrate daily reports of symptoms and emergency signals that could alert the physician when an exacerbation is eminent. The second strategy will consist of one year of maintenance rehabilitation sessions taking place twice weekly at the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre at Sotiria General Hospital not supported by telemonitoring at home but by the rehabilitation centres’ health professionals. Major outcomes will include the yearly number of unplanned hospital admissions, the length of stay at hospital and the use of health care services. We anticipate greater patient adherence and compliance to home care services than to maintenance rehabilitation at the hospital-based rehabilitation centre.