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MYOfeedback based TELetreatment service (eTEN)

Project Managers: Prof. dr. H. Hermens / Prof. dr. ir. L.J.M. Nieuwenhuis / Prof. dr. J. van Hillegersberg
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science / Management & Governance
Tel.: +31 53 489 2762 / +31 53 489 3675 / +31 53 489 3513
Email: h.j.hermens@utwente.nl / l.j.m.nieuwenhuis@utwente.nl / j.vanhillegersberg@utwente.nl



This project investigates the feasibility of the deployment of a prototype myofeedback teletreatment (i.e. MyoTel) service that enables subjects with neck shoulder complaints to receive personalised adjusted remotely supervised treatment during their daily activities.

The availability of ubiquitous (public) wireless network infrastructure creates the possibility to deploy new mobile health care (MHealth) services; e.g. tele-monitoring or tele-treatment services. For example, it is expected that tele-treatment services are more efficient as one therapist can treat several subjects simultaneously and intramural care can be replaced by less costly extramural care. These services are also hypothesised to be more effective because subjects train in their home or work environment and they are not bound to the available treatment hours of the therapist; subjects can train much more intense and the amount of training is a key factor in obtaining results.

This project addresses the phases necessary to investigate the market acceptability of this service in two different groups of patients; i.e. two different health care markets; patients with work related neck shoulder problems (occupational health care system) and patients with a chronic whiplash (rehabilitation care system) in different countries and particularly demonstrates the user acceptance and the effectiveness for all key actors in the value chain from a clinical and economic point of view. All actions are tailored to overcome the barriers for effective application of E-Health technology and take the main differences in the rehabilitation and occupational health care systems between countries into account.

Project duration: 18 months / 1 september 2007 – 1 July 2009
Project budget: 14.4 M-€ / 625 k-€
Number of person/years: 8.8 fte (total) / 5.9 fte per year
Project Coordinator: Roessingh Research & Development (RRD)
Participants: RRD, UT, Göteborg University, University of Ghent, Ruhr University of Bochum.
Project budget CTIT: 309.3 k-€ / 154.6 k-€ funding
Number of person/years CTIT: 2.21 fte (total)
Involved groups: RMT-BSS group, Information Systems & Change Management