Telemedicine is one of the main sectors that can help support greater social cohesion in Europe. In this field, cooperation with international partners may lead to innovative and shared solutions, thus contributing to geographical integration among the involved partners. Besides, the deployment, testing and adoption of scalable and portable e-health instruments at regional/local level is becoming a priority for health services providers.
SPES aims at transferring the approach and results achieved in the OLDES project to implement an e-health and entertainment platform in the province of Ferrara (Italy), the city of Vienna (Austria), the city of Brno (Czech Republic) and the city of Kosice (Slovakia), respectively focusing on the following diseases: respiratory problems, dementia, handicapped people and social exclusion.
OLDES was funded by the EU 6th Framework Programme to develop a new technological solution, designed to ease the life of older people in their homes, by creating a platform able to provide the elderly people an easy to use entertainment and health care platform. The platform was based on low cost computer and “friendly” graphical user interface, providing the patient with a user entertainment system interacting with the call centre through a central server and a telemedicine system, collecting medical data through sensors (glucometer, ECG belt…) deployed at the patients’ home.
Similarly, SPES patients will have the opportunity to test an easy-to-use telemedicine solution, lowering their displacement costs and the time necessary for going to care service providers (hospitals, physicians, medical centres) while improving their daily life (notably their independence) and general well being.
At this stage of the project, CETIC has defined the Software Requirements Specifications (SRS) for the generic SPES platform, as well as the specifications for each of the pilots.
Added value for Business
Telemedicine favours the emergence and creation of a completely new market of healthcare service providers, mainly consisting of SMEs that can play a major role in supporting the delivery of future healthcare through provision of health and social care at home. By raising the level of competitiveness of the involved regions, SPES will also encourage local authorities to adopt ICT solutions replicable and generalizable by other actors.
|Type of project||European Commission - Programme co-financed by the ERDF|
|Province of Ferrara (PP2)||Italy||www.provincia.fe.it|
|FSW – Vienna Social Fund (PP5)||Austria||www.fsw.at|
|University of Vienna (PP6)||Austria||www.par.univie.ac.at|
|City of Košice (PP7)||Slovakia||www.kosice.sk|
|Technical University of Kosice (PP8)||Slovakia||www.tuke.sk|
|Pro DEEP (PP10)||Czech Republic||www.prodeep.cz|