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CARDIOREHAB. A personalized system for cardiac rehabilitation at home

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Briefing

Custom system for home cardiac rehabilitation for coronary heart disease patients.

Life Supporting Technologies Group of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), in collaboration with European partners, has developed a customized solution for home cardiac rehabilitation for patients with coronary heart disease who have suffered an acute cardiac event. The solution includes an application developed on a mobile device, a wearable sensor and a t-shirt, which monitors patients in real time while performing exercises previously prescribed by their doctor. Furthermore, the system also includes an application on a tablet that the patient can use from home to check their results and progress, receive information about his rehabilitation status, and access a full program of education and motivation. CardioRehab is complemented with an application for the medical professionals, in which data are collected during the exercise sessions of patients for analysis and monitoring. The solution has been validated by patients and healthcare professionals in a randomized trial, and has been used for 60 patients in three different European countries.

 
Technology Solution

CardioRehab offers a technological solution for cardiac rehabilitation of patients with coronary heart disease who have suffered an acute cardiac event (e.g., myocardial infarction or coronary surgery). It includes a rehabilitation program that addresses not only physical exercise but also other aspects such as education and patient’s motivation.

The solution consists of an application on a mobile device together with a wearable sensor and a t-shirt, which monitors patients in real time while performing physical exercise according to a plan of care prescribed by the doctor. A second application on a tablet offers patients continuous feedback on progress and evolution, as well as an innovative educational and motivational strategy focused on formal aspects of their disease, helping them deal with risk factors, and motivate them to follow a healthy style life. CardioRehab also includes an application for medical professionals, in which data are collected from different patients for analysis and monitoring.

 

“Personalized system for cardiac rehabilitation at home based on ICT which includes a complete physical exercise program along with an innovative education and motivation strategy”

 
Market demands

  • Coronary diseases is estimated to cost the EU economy almost €60.000 million a year, 31% is due to cardiovascular disease (CVD) [European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 2012].
  • Of the total cost of CVD in the EU, around 33% is due to health care costs, 29% due to productivity losses and 38% due to the informal care of people with CVD informales [European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 2012].
  • Several studies have shown that cardiac rehabilitation is beneficial for patients who have suffered a cardiac event.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation reduces the likelihood of early death by 20% -25% and the risk of heart attack by 28%.
 
Market potential

In Europe:
  • Fewer than half of eligible cardiovascular patients benefit from Cardiac Rehabilitation in most European countries [European Cardiac Rehabilitation Inventory Survey].
  • Deficits include absent or inadequate legislation, funding, professional guidelines and information systems in many countries [European Cardiac Rehabilitation Inventory Survey].
In Spain:
  • Every year, there is an average of 55.582 acute myocardial infarction and each of them has a unit cost of 14,069 Euros [Spanish Journal of Cardiology, 2012].
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation units have capacity to serve only 3% of the infarcted [SEC 2012].
  • Cardiac rehabilitation programs are recommended only 0.6% of high-risk patients who need care. Only receive rehabilitation 0.2% [SEC 2012].
 
Competitive advantages

  • CardioRehab is the first cardiac rehabilitation program based on ICT which combines aspects such as physical rehabilitation, and education and motivation strategies based on internationally recognized programs (such as the Heart Manual, NHS Lothian, United Kingdom).
  • It has been validated with patients and healthcare professionals in a randomized trial with 120 patients in three European countries (Spain, Germany and the UK)

"CardioRehab provides a low cost solution for personalized cardiac rehabilitation at home”

 
References

  •  Multidisciplinary research group specialized on technologies for the health and well-being.
  •  More than 10 years collaborating with European partners of reference.
 
Development stage

  • Concept
  • R&D
  • Lab-prototype
  • Industrial prototype
  • Production
 
Contact

CardioRehab contact

Cecilia Vera Muñoz; María Teresa Arredondo

e: {cvera, mta} @lst.tfo.upm.es

Life Supporting Technologies (UPM)

w: www.lst.tfo.upm.es

UPM  contact

Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area

Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM 

e: innovacion.tecnologica@upm.es

 
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