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MobiGuide: Guiding patients anytime everywhere


Project Number: 287811
Project Manager: (For CTIT) Val Jones
Project Manager: Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel.: +31-53-4892760 (secretary)
Email: v.m.jones@utwente.nl

Project website: MobiGuide


MobiGuide investigates, develops and evaluates a novel Patient Guidance System (PGS) which gives patients personalized clinical-guideline-based guidance anytime and anywhere and so supports them in day-to-day management of their health condition.

 MobiGuide is a four year Integrated Project funded by the European Commission under Call 7 of the 7th Framework Programme (Objective: ICT-2011.5.3a: Patient guidance services (PGS) for personalized management of health status).

 MobiGuide addresses EU priorities: increasing patient safety, ubiquitous secure access to health care, patient empowerment, developing a common platform for healthcare services and European competitiveness.

 MobiGuide will research and develop a patient guidance system that integrates hospital EMRs and telemonitoring data into a Personal Health Record (PHR) which is ubiquitously accessible by patients and care providers, so enabling personalized, secure distributed decision support tailored to the patient’s current situation as well as to the technological context. MobiGuide will develop guidance services amongst others for patients with atrial fibrillation and for women with complications of pregnancy (gestational diabetes and hypertension). Decision Support will be evidence-based, utilizing CIGs (Computer Interpretable Clinical Guidelines) in real time in a mobile and distributed environment.

MobiGuide's ubiquity will be achieved by having a Decision Support System (DSS) at the back end, and at the front end by utilizing Body Area Network (BAN) technology and developing a coordinated light-weight mobile DSS to run on the BAN that can operate independently if needed (eg in case of communications failure). Personalization will be achieved by considering patient preferences and context. Retrospective data analysis will be used to assess compliance and to indicate care pathways shown to be beneficial for certain patient contexts.

 The research contribution of the Telemedicine Group revolves around mobile patient monitoring and mobile clinical decision support using Body Area Networks (smartphones or tablets equipped with the relevant sensors needed for monitoring patients with the selected clinical conditions).  

The goals of our work in MobiGuide are:

  • To investigate, develop and evaluate context-awareness provisioning for a decision support system which gives personalized and context-aware guidance to the ambulatory patient in alignment with medical best practice
  • To investigate, design, develop and evaluate generic mechanisms for implementing evidence-based Clinical Decision Support (CDS) on a mobile platform in the context of a larger distributed system.

Project duration: 1-11-2011/1-11-2015
Project budget: 7 M-€ / 5.4 M-€ funding
Number of person/years: 805.50 manmonths
Project Coordinator: University of Haifa
Participants: The consortium includes universities and industrial and clinical partners from five countries. The partners are: University of Haifa, Israel (Coordinator); Ben-Gurion University, Israel; University of Pavia, Italy; University of Twente, The Netherlands; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; MobiHealth BV, The Netherlands; Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri Clinica Del Lavoro e della Riabilitazione, Italy; University Polytechnic of Madrid, Spain; Corporació Sanitaria Parc Tauli, Spain; ATOS Origin, Spain; Beacon Tech Ltd., Israel; ZorgGemak BV, The Netherlands; and Catalonia Diabetic Association, Spain.
Project budget CTIT: 719 k-€ / 558 k-€ funding  
Number of person/years CTIT: 55 manmonths
Involved groups Telemedicine Group part of Biomedical Signals and Systems
CTIT Research Centre:
Centre for Tele-monitoring and Smart Coaching