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HOME MONITORING SYSTEMS FOR PATIENTS WITH NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES

Home monitoring devices or systems which focus on mobility issues of Parkinson’s disease, are not currently available on the market.

While, there are several scientific studies that support the idea of automatic monitoring of patients with movement disorders at home, their implementation has remained at a research level, mainly because the devices which have been developed up to this day remain at laboratory stage. They are unpractical and unreliable and the corresponding software is inappropriate for widespread use by both patients and their physicians.

The development, the design and use of all these wearables appliances, devices and mobile applications for patients, aim to introduce the concept of the constant and reliable monitoring of patients’ mobility disorders at home. Thus they can be considered as essential and assisting tools that support medical practice for providing optimal and personalized healthcare to patients.

The research team led by Dr. A. Tzallas, Professor of Practice of the Computer Engineering Department at the TEI of Epirus, bases its research on international and long-term scientific and technological experience.

Developing innovative wearable devices, systems and mobile applications for optimal monitoring, evaluation and management of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases

THE BRADYGLOVE AND TREMOCUP

The goal of this application is to develop novel non-invasive devices, systems and mobile applications which will enable the possibility of clinical practice in the monitoring of patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.

The wearable devices are small and easy to use while they include sensors and are able to record specific data. The doctor may assess all these data in order to make a diagnosis to improve the medication of patient etc.

Examples of such devices are the BradyGlove, which the patient wears and makes movements with his/her hand following a specific protocol and the TremoCup, which records the kinetic changes of the patient, since one of the main symptoms of Parkinson's disease is the resting tremor. The technology of the devices allows the patient to do the recording at any time of the day, after connecting through his/her computer with the corresponding software of the device. With the remotely collected data, the monitoring and improvement of patients’ life conditions are facilitated by the attending physician.

The goal of the research team is to have the proposed technology clinically tested with real patients.

Significant Awards

- Award for the Most Innovative Solution and Best Use of Resources with the AEON Health research team, during the health and wellness innovation competition - Health and Wellness Innovation 2013, at MIT Media Lab.

- Innovation Award in the Applied Research and Innovation Competition 2011, organized by SEV and EUROBANK EFG, for the PERFORM proposal: «A comprehensive program for optimal Parkinson’s disease management».

- Innovation Award (1st PHealth Innovation Award 2010) for the presentation of the PERFORM system at the 7th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized health (PHealth 2010), held on 26-28 May 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

TEI OF EPIRUS

Dr. Alexandros Tzallas, Professor of Practice, Faculty of Applied Technology, Department of Computer Engineering, TEI of Epirus, Markos Tsipouras, Scientific Partner, Faculty of Applied Technology, Department of Computer Engineering, TEI of Epirus, Ioannis Smanis, PhD Candidate, University of Ioannina, Spiros Konitsiotis, Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Ioannina, Evaggelos Karvounis, Scientific Partner, TEI of Epirus, Nikolaos Giannakeas, Scientific Partner, TEI of Epirus.

http://www.teiep.gr/ http://newmed.media.mit.edu/health-and-wellness-innovation-2013 http://www.fastcolabs.com/3005184/mit-builds-open-source-platform-your-body http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UtRt5DEKrA MIT Video