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Theme: 9. Therapeutic & Diagnostic Systems, Devices and Technologies, Clinical Engineering Disruptive Innovation in patient self-management and empowerment

Research Areas
  • Natural sciences and health sciences,
  • Engineering

The role of self-care in the management of long term conditions is crucial for effective high quality health care of patients. More and more, patients with chronic diseases and elderly people that need continuous health surveillance are able to live in their own home and surroundings with help from relatives and health professionals. In order to enable the patient to receive a preventative home based self empowered care, a complete system must be provided; it must help them to manage and monitor their daily health status, and needs to be connected to the professional medical system at the hospital and medical professionals. This concept that involves the actions taken towards the possibility of not being continuously attached to the hospital environment is often called "patient empowerment". It implies a re-distribution of power between patients and physicians and therefore an increase of the individual patients' autonomy to make informed decisions and personally handle their disease for their own health and well being. Different levels of empowerment can be defined, depending on the patient's expectations, ranging from simply providing information, to giving full control over all medical decision-making. In any case, empirical evidence suggests that active patient participation in health care is related to better patient outcomes. The Europe Union is investing thoroughly in this sense for the research and development of new healthcare technologies to help empower the patients so that they meet their social, emotional and psychological needs, take care for their long-term condition, and prevent further illness or accidents. The workshop "Disruptive Innovation in patient self-management and empowerment" will set an open discussion about the initiatives adopted in the framework of the current most relevant European funded projects around this concept. The aim of this multidisciplinary workshop is to analyse various aspects about solutions for making the self-care and patient empowerment an effective tool for the management of long term conditions. We will try to answer to the challenges how to select, compose, and generate empowerment content; how to give feedback to the user; how to promote compliance in self-care management; what are the characteristics of an effective self-management system, its content, and technology; how does patient empowerment create business and value; how can it be integrated into business processes and strategies; and finally, what is the future of patient empowerment. The presentations and discussions at this workshop will identify relevant technologies, opportunities for cooperation and collaboration among diverse stakeholders, and software solutions to facilitate the improvement of solutions in Europe and throughout the developing world. It is conceived mainly as an invitation workshop, where experts from industry and research specialized in e-health and e-inclusion will be brought together to give their statements on the topics mentioned. Also, we encourage creative thinkers coming from technology, human-computer interaction, and social sciences to participate in the discussion and provide innovative ideas to sketch the future of patient empowerment.
33rd Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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Boston, USA
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  • Autor: Maria Teresa Arredondo Waldmeyer UPM
  • Participante: Joe Gorman
  • Autor: Viveca Jimenez Mixco UPM
  • Autor: Juan Carlos Naranjo Psyche
  • Autor: Enzo Pasquale Scilingo Psyche
  • Autor: Javier Colás

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Life Supporting Technologies (Tecnologías de Apoyo a la Vida)
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de tecnología Biomédica CTB
  • Departamento: Tecnología Fotónica y Bioingeniería