Mag. Dr. Dunzendorfer, Head of BusinessUnit Digital Health Information Systemsand his team provide support with their„Patient Empowerment“ work.
The AIT develops new eHealth and innovative assistance systemsfor healthcare providers – thus also supporting patients.
Telemonitoring and Therapy Management
Biomedical and Translational Research
Biosignal Processing and Knowledge-BasedSystems
Predictive Healthcare Information Systems
The AIT eHealth platform – a combination of diffe-rent web-based components for data collection andprocessing, interoperability and visualization – sup-ports interdisciplinary, biomedical, clinical or trans-lational research as well as therapy management.
The AIT eHealth solutions for Telemonitoring andTherapy Management support the active integrationof the patients, the processing of the data and an ef-fective communication between the physicians, the-rapists, nurses and patients involved. The intuitiveand secure recording of health data in home, healthand telemonitoring applications is based on state-of-the-art AIT technology and uses promisingsolutions such as NFC.
The „Health Dialogue Diabetes“ is part of the „Digital Healthcare“health initiative. The funding institutions are the Versicherungsanstaltfür Eisenbahnen und Bergbau (VAEB) [Insurance Institution for Rail-ways and Mining], the federal states of Tyrol and Styria, and the AITAustrian Institute of Technology. The goal is to roll out new care and di-sease management programs in selected regions of Styria and Tyrol inthe near future in order to provide patients with chronic diseases (suchas diabetes and heart failure) with optimal care and therapy.
INTERACTION WITH ELGA & CO
The tele-health services being developed by AIT are based on existingand emerging eHealth infrastructures in Austria, including ELGAs. Theimplementation is carried out on the basis of identified care needs accor-ding to regional conditions and structures. The goal is to roll out newcare and disease management programs in selected regions of Styriaand Tyrol in the near future in order to collaborate across sectors to pro-vide patients suffering from chronic diseases (such as diabetes and heartfailure) with optimal care and therapy. Based on a special telemedicaltechnology platform developed at AIT, successful pilot projects have beensuccessfully running throughout Austria for more than five years. Star-ting with the VAEB Health Center in Breitenstein, more than 600 patientsare already taking part in the „Diabetes health dialogue“.
CAPTURING AND REPORTING OF VITAL DATA
The experiences from these projects are to be pooled and joint futureactivities planned. After all, eHealth applications embedded in a net-worked supply landscape concern nearly all areas of the healthcare andcare system. By capturing, storage, processing and safe transmissionto authorized persons, a contribution can be made to the improvementof the efficiency and effectiveness of therapies. Already today, 50 pati-ents are being telemedically supplied in the pilot project „HerzMobil Ti-rol“ in Tyrol. The vital data is recorded daily with easy-to-use measuringinstruments and transmitted to the central data service via the „Herz-Mobil Tirol“ app. In the care network, specially trained heart failure nur-ses take over the immediate care and direct communication with thepatients in close consultation with doctors. The Keep In Touch (KIT) te-lemedical solution supports the treatment path for heart failure and, ifnecessary, allows a timely intervention by the treating physicians (seealso https://kit.ait.ac.at).
LIFE SHOULD BE MORE LIVABLE
In the case of a chronic disease such as diabetes mellitus, e.g., the inner potential must alsobe strengthened in order to make life livable. This technique helps patients to remain in dia-logue with their treating physicians. Knowledge about the disease and self-responsibility arethus strengthened, patients become their „own therapists“. Data security, ease of use, highreliability and maximum flexibility for users are basic requirements for modern digital ap-plications in the medical field. AIT has developed a high level of competence here and haspositioned itself as a leading research institution both nationally and internationally – and isregarded as an enabler for prevention-oriented medicine, a realistic risk assessment as wellas a prognosis of the disease progression and the efficacy of the therapy.