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Applied Health

APPlied Health was a project funded by Interreg4A. You can read more about Interreg4A on there website (click here). The project had a total budget of 1,231,512 EUR – Interreg4A finances 800,483 EUR. The project ran from 2012-2014.

Mobile Health – or just mHealth – is the use of smartphones and tablets in health care, diagnosing and actual treatment. It is an industry which worldwide is growing rapidly year by year. In Denmark and Germany, it is an established and ever growing industry with an annual turnover of several billion euros, which allows patients and clinicians better and more relevant information for treatment, self-monitoring, access to hospitals, workflows, and much more.

Therefore, Odense University Hospital, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein – Campus Kiel, Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt and Fachhochschule Kiel, started this 2-year project to develop a number of mHealth applications in selected clinical areas.

The project aims to identify existing national and international mHealth applications and explore the possibilities of establishing new, innovative services in a dialogue between patients and hospital.

The project

 

The overall objective is to create specific new tools for clinicians and patients in the form of applications (apps) to smartphones in three areas: treatment, communication and diagnostics. The project aims to develop 4-8 prototypes in close cooperation with users from hospitals, students from the two schools and companies from the industry. The objective is that the two IT departments at the hospitals in Kiel and Odense will advance their skills in connection to updating, developing and servicing the apps developed by the industry. In this way it is ensured that the developed apps do not become obsolete and useless, but instead can be developed and adapted in collaboration with both users and the service organization at the hospitals. Furthermore both safety, operational options, integration with existing systems and overall IT strategies will be taking into account. Ownership will also get to be with IT departments in the hospital.

In the project phases, the target groups will be invited to specific course of developments, to ensure that the development is user-driven and tested. At first the clinicians will be involved in the idea creation and discussion of the clinical challenges.

OUH – Lead partner

 

Odense University Hospital is the lead partner on the project. Two clinical departments at Odense University Hospital; gynecological obstetric department and the rehabilitation department will be involved in the process of identifying issues to be solved through health mobile services. Furthermore clinicians from the two departments will be available to the students at EAL in the prototype phase.