Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

VTT and A*Star offer new efficient healthcare solutions technology for an acute emergency and aging population

06.06.2006


Faster consultation for patients globally without ties to a place and time



VTT has developed together with A*Star (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) from Singapore, Emtele and Comptel a Global Health Monitoring Platform service that offers an efficient, open, scalable and secure service environment for remote diagnostics and telemedicine services utilization. This makes it possible to streamline the health care system and reach better efficiency money wise as well as improve the quality of health care. At the same time, it is possible to increase business volume through larger geographical reach of the medical service. In elderly care and chronic diseases people can be treated at home which increases the hospital infrastructure capacity. Patients get faster consultation in case of an acute emergency and easy to use solutions without ties to a place and time.

Healthcare is facing major challenges in the near future. Costs are rapidly increasing world wide due to aging population and widespread chronic diseases. In Finland, the development is estimated to be the most drastic in Europe. Now working and earning population is 50 % of the total and 2030 only 23 % is in the working age. How to fund aging population care is the major challenge. In order to restrain the rapidly increasing national healthcare expenditure, treatment processes should be considerably improved. Due to the information intensive nature of healthcare, intelligent ICT-solutions can yield significant benefits by introducing new radical treatment systems, more efficient internal processes and new services such as remotely supported care as well as personalized well being and home care services.


Today’s ICT-solutions such as mobile and machine-to-machine technologies can provide a new type of distributed treatment infrastructure. Patient can be in the medical service providers care chain with out being in a hospital. Remote monitoring solutions can push the point of care very close to the patient itself. In an acute emergency it can enable faster and more reliable consultation support which has the power to save lives, because the best expertise can be delivered remotely. In fact the internet connections make possible that the specialist reporting and care advice can be done anywhere in the world instantly. In chronic cases patents can continue their normal life and be monitored and guided by a physician where ever they are.

The problems that stand in the way of making this distributed treatment infrastructure a realization is proprietary company IT-systems, devices and non standardized diagnostic data. The key success factors are that exchange and compatibility of semantic, digital information should be provided within organisations, between organisations and in a global scale. Seamless flow of information and open interfaces form the basis of successful and efficient services. The same requirements made the first mobile communication technology success in the Nordic region.

Information and Communications Technology for Healthcare - a Global Solution

Information and Communications Technology for Healthcare - a Global Solution -project aims to address all the above challenges and focus on the success factor of open standardized interfaces. In the first phase there are two concrete global scale pilots, a telemedicine solution to acute heart failure care in Finland and independent living of elderly and disabled in Singapore. These both are based on a Global Health Monitoring Platform GHMP.

New Business System Innovation

The Global Health Monitoring Platform is a service and business innovation of Emtele, Comptel and VTT that will draw power from easy integration of existing devices, applications and systems. By enabling the use of multiple devices and intelligently relaying the data to relevant parties and back end systems brings new quality, security, automation and efficiency levels to medical service providers processes. All the information transfer is managed end to end. The internet based data transfer makes global access and information use possible. The global operator will manage the internet network and reliable data transfer.

The first pilot case brings together all the key players in a telemedicine value chain. Emtele, Comptel, VTT, Tampere University Hospital Heart Center, Regional Rescue Center and device manufacturers will develop a global telemedicine service for acute ECG analysis and care instructions.

Sirpa Posti | alfa
Further information:
http://www.vtt.fi/?lang=en

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht The genes are not to blame
20.07.2018 | Technische Universität München

nachricht Targeting headaches and tumors with nano-submarines
20.07.2018 | Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Future electronic components to be printed like newspapers

A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices.

The low-cost process, developed by Purdue University researchers, combines tools already used in industry for manufacturing metals on a large scale, but uses...

Im Focus: First evidence on the source of extragalactic particles

For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.

To rule out other origins with certainty, the team led by neutrino physicist Elisa Resconi from the Technical University of Munich and multi-wavelength...

Im Focus: Magnetic vortices: Two independent magnetic skyrmion phases discovered in a single material

For the first time a team of researchers have discovered two different phases of magnetic skyrmions in a single material. Physicists of the Technical Universities of Munich and Dresden and the University of Cologne can now better study and understand the properties of these magnetic structures, which are important for both basic research and applications.

Whirlpools are an everyday experience in a bath tub: When the water is drained a circular vortex is formed. Typically, such whirls are rather stable. Similar...

Im Focus: Breaking the bond: To take part or not?

Physicists working with Roland Wester at the University of Innsbruck have investigated if and how chemical reactions can be influenced by targeted vibrational excitation of the reactants. They were able to demonstrate that excitation with a laser beam does not affect the efficiency of a chemical exchange reaction and that the excited molecular group acts only as a spectator in the reaction.

A frequently used reaction in organic chemistry is nucleophilic substitution. It plays, for example, an important role in in the synthesis of new chemical...

Im Focus: New 2D Spectroscopy Methods

Optical spectroscopy allows investigating the energy structure and dynamic properties of complex quantum systems. Researchers from the University of Würzburg present two new approaches of coherent two-dimensional spectroscopy.

"Put an excitation into the system and observe how it evolves." According to physicist Professor Tobias Brixner, this is the credo of optical spectroscopy....

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Leading experts in Diabetes, Metabolism and Biomedical Engineering discuss Precision Medicine

13.07.2018 | Event News

Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP: Fine Tuning for Surfaces

12.07.2018 | Event News

11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2018: Meeting point for the wood-based materials industry

03.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

A smart safe rechargeable zinc ion battery based on sol-gel transition electrolytes

20.07.2018 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Reversing cause and effect is no trouble for quantum computers

20.07.2018 | Information Technology

Princeton-UPenn research team finds physics treasure hidden in a wallpaper pattern

20.07.2018 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>