General Secretariat for Research & Technology

Patriot: Delivering Instant Heart Observation with a miniature wearable ECG and Cloud Platform

Technology Optimization
Duration:07/2014 - 10/2015
Client:General Secretariat for Research & Technology

Healthcare is expected to undergo a transformation in the near future thanks to wearable health monitoring that makes it possible to offer such services as ubiquitous monitoring of patients’
physiological parameters and health condition. The continuous monitoring of vital patient signals has been primarily motivated by the need to put a barrier in ever increasing healthcare costs.
Recent technological advances in miniaturized healthcare sensing devices, wireless communications, microelectronics and embedded systems have contributed towards this end.

The PATRIOT (PATRas Instant Observation and Telemetry)) heart system system comprises a miniature, wearable, non-invasive, real time electrocardiography system alongside a relevant Cloud platform for the support of proactive personal health  management of cardiology patients.

The PATRIOT system makes possible to have ECGs on real time for the necessary time period, e.g. one year post PCI, thus enhancing the peace of mind, safety and quality of life of elevant patients that can have the reassurance that in the case of a chest pain episode they can have their ECG taken, recorded and transmitted to medical personnel. On the other hand, the  PATRIOT system drives towards the direction of diminishing unnecessary ambulance calls and relevant hospitalizations, thus substantially reducing the overall healthcare system costs. The system is based on a wearable ECG device that communicates wirelessly with the patient’s mobile phone in order  to send to a Cloud platform its recorded ECGs or potential abnormal conditions.

The PATRIOT system aims at delivering remotely high quality electrocardiograms (ECGs). The system comprises a 12-channel, non-invasive, miniaturized, user friendly, wearable ECG device, a mobile application that may run on the patient’s or the doctor’s mobile device and a cloud application. The system may contribute to the quest for a cost efficient ECG monitoring system providing enhanced peace of mind, quality of life and safety to patients and at the same time compensating for healthcare costs relevant to unnecessary hospital admissions and ambulance calls. Future work is related to necessary clinical testing according to specified scenarios.

This project was supported by the Greek, nationally funded, research project “PATRIOT” –NSRF 2007-2013, Call: Cooperation 2011.

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