HealthManagement, Volume 7 - Issue 2, 2012 HIT

Telecare in Andalusia

The University Hospital Virgen Macarena of Seville and the  Superior Engineering School of Seville University are jointly  carrying out a new research project for the implementation  of a complete telecare system for kidney patients.  

“Modular customisable architecture for complete kidney  patient telecare” will study the implementation of  a telemedicine system for the monitoring of pre-dialysis  patients or patients under substitutive treatment  (peritoneal dialysis), with the aim of improving their  quality of life and healthcare. Funded by the Health  Institute Carlos III, the project will run for three years.  

Engineers believe that the current state of development  of ICT, as well as that of sensing devices, makes it possible  to study new devices for patients with special needs,  in particular pre-dialysis or peritoneal dialysis patients.  

The researchers propose to create a decentralised  and personalised model that is based on a system  customisable to different needs. It is thus envisaged  to provide user access, complete services, and the  follow-up of kidney patients. Planned features include:  

  • Universal and low-cost solutions;  
  • Non-Invasive and ubiquitous monitoring; and  
  • Secure, reliable, easy-to-use and accessible  user interfaces.  

Project participants include the Biomedical Engineering  specialists of the Superior Engineering School of Seville  University and a team of nephrologists from the University  Hospital Virgen Macarena. The project coordinator  is the head of the nephrology clinical management unit  of the hospital, Jose Antonio Milán. The researchers  will also receive support from three other hospitals,  namely: Hospital del Sureste (Madrid), the University  Hospital Nuestra Señora de Candelaria in Tenerife and  the Hospital of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands).  

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