Research: Coimbra leads development of health technologies

Developing innovative technology solutions and low cost, not only to health professionals, but also for patients and caregivers, is the main objective of the project TICE.Healthy - Systems for Health and Quality of Life, estimated at 7, 5 million and bringing together researchers, two dozen companies and several user entities, including, health facilities, such as the University Hospitals of Coimbra (HUC).

IMG 2699amLed by researchers at the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) and University of Coimbra (UC) and HIS company - E-Health Innovation Systems Ltd, the TICE.Healthy achieved through four lines of action, and We the platform. Can the great aggregator of technology to promote a better quality of life for users.
In practice, We.Can will function as a sort of "iTunes health" ie "is a platform that will provide, in a centralized manner, health services and products, tested and validated, for people seeking informal care and services. This is a channel for information, interaction and selling technology that works like an App Store (App Store), "explains Carlos Cerqueira, Pedro Nunes Institute and the University of Coimbra.

The broad range of products to market, stands out Mind.Care, an Electronic Clinical Process (ECP) directed towards mental illness and degenerative allowing, p. former., characterizing and identifying social and family caregivers (family, friends, neighbors, IPSS, etc.). the AskPharma, a system to provide health professionals with all relevant information about drugs or active ingredients, the use of a "virtual assistant" and Be.Aware, a system for automatic collection of location information of users, professionals and equipment, among other capabilities, allows for real time information of the various interactions (Laboratory, Pharmacy, etc..).

To define the strategy of research, the consortium partners will gather at the Instituto Pedro Nunes in Coimbra, in the next 18 and 19 February. The event includes a showcase of technology, where, for example, participants are greeted by Cicerone robot. Using a laser sensor, the robot analyzes the surrounding area and moves with precision without colliding with any object or person. The interaction with the public is achieved by processing the image from a camera that analyzes the poses and gestures of people and generates "speech" and animations appropriate to the situation.

With health costs grow faster than gross domestic product - GDP (estimated at 16 per cent of GDP by 2020 in OECD countries), this mobilizing project, funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), aims to catalyze the two dozen companies in the consortium for the creation of innovative services, using as support the infrastructure internet.



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Date: 16-02-2011