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INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN HOME CARE

The 21st Century Hospital will have a completely different philosophy. It will provide a radically different professional environment and a quite different doctor - patient interaction modus.

Home care includes medical care to patients who do not need surgery or access to the ER. Thus, they can be treated safely at home with no unnecessary mobility and visits to hospital, avoiding injuries or hospital - acquired infections. This will have as a result the faster recovery of the patient and the improvement of his/her psychology since the patient will remain in familiar domestic surroundings.

The Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering (BME) of the TEI of Athens, develops innovative technologies for the model of home care, combining the necessary technical equipment and the use of appropriate software in order to provide high quality health services.

Faster recovery at home

ACHIEVING THE MAXIMUM QUALITY OF SERVICE

More specifically, the laboratory focuses on three educational and research activities in order to develop innovative technologies in home care:

» Systems for periodic/continuous monitoring of the vital functions of the patients, based on microprocessors and on self made apparatus with low cost equipment.

» Software supporting medical decision on heart rhythm disorders as well as optimization software for patients under domestic, mechanical ventilation, based on neuro-fuzzy settings.

» Software for the continuation of the patients’ care and the development of a Home Health–care Plan, as well as a prototype ontology for developing semantically annotated web-services for home care.

Adapting the methods of diagnosis and treatment in the emerging high-tech environment of the home care, providing the equipment and familiarizing doctors with it and the corresponding medical and management software are essential conditions in order to ensure the financially viable, quality health care of the ageing population, of people with disabilities as well as of those suffering from psychosomatic diseases and to treat the post-hospital rehabilitation - recovery of patients.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), is the oldest International Scientific Association of the United Nations, established in Paris since 1865. The ITU has included the work: “V. Spyropoulos, ‘Smart Health Care in the city of the future: Patient treatment at home and medical data exchange in the emerging networked society’”, in the fourteen ideas presented on its behalf, during the EXPO 2010, in Shanghai.

This specific activity, which is summarized in 27 papers, has been internationally recognized. The Head of BME has received 5 invitations to participate as a keynote speaker at conferences. Prof. V. Spyropoulos has also been invited to be the author of certain entries in the Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems.

TEI OF ATHENS

Professor Vassilios Spyropoulos, Head of the Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering (BME).

Team: Dr. Aris Tzavaras, Specialized Technician of Department of Biomedical Engineering, Maria Mpotsivali BSc., MSc., BME Collaborator of TEI of Athens.

http://www.bmtl.bme.teiath.gr