THE PROFILE 2017/18

Health/eHealth/Patient support

Foto: AIT/ Johannes Zinner

Mag. Dr. Dunzendorfer, Head of Business Unit Digital Health Information Systems and his team provide support with their „Patient Empowerment“ work.

PATIENTS AS

HEALTH

MANAGERS

The AIT develops new eHealth and innovative assistance systems for healthcare providers – thus also supporting patients.

OUR SERVICES

Telemonitoring and Therapy Management

Biomedical and Translational Research

Biosignal Processing and Knowledge-Based Systems

Predictive Healthcare Information Systems


PROJECTS

The AIT eHealth platform – a combination of diffe- rent web-based components for data collection and processing, interoperability and visualization – sup- ports interdisciplinary, biomedical, clinical or trans- lational research as well as therapy management.

The AIT eHealth solutions for Telemonitoring and Therapy Management support the active integration of the patients, the processing of the data and an ef- fective communication between the physicians, the- rapists, nurses and patients involved. The intuitive and secure recording of health data in home, health and telemonitoring applications is based on state- of-the-art AIT technology and uses promising solutions such as NFC.

OUR APPROACH

The „Health Dialogue Diabetes“ is part of the „Digital Healthcare“ health initiative. The funding institutions are the Versicherungsanstalt für Eisenbahnen und Bergbau (VAEB) [Insurance Institution for Rail- ways and Mining], the federal states of Tyrol and Styria, and the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. The goal is to roll out new care and di- sease management programs in selected regions of Styria and Tyrol in the near future in order to provide patients with chronic diseases (such as diabetes and heart failure) with optimal care and therapy.


INTERACTION WITH ELGA & CO

The tele-health services being developed by AIT are based on existing and emerging eHealth infrastructures in Austria, including ELGAs. The implementation is carried out on the basis of identified care needs accor- ding to regional conditions and structures. The goal is to roll out new care and disease management programs in selected regions of Styria and Tyrol in the near future in order to collaborate across sectors to pro- vide patients suffering from chronic diseases (such as diabetes and heart failure) with optimal care and therapy. Based on a special telemedical technology platform developed at AIT, successful pilot projects have been successfully running throughout Austria for more than five years. Star- ting with the VAEB Health Center in Breitenstein, more than 600 patients are 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 future activities planned. After all, eHealth applications embedded in a net- worked supply landscape concern nearly all areas of the healthcare and care system. By capturing, storage, processing and safe transmission to authorized persons, a contribution can be made to the improvement of 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 measuring instruments 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 the patients in close consultation with doctors. The Keep In Touch (KIT) te- lemedical solution supports the treatment path for heart failure and, if necessary, allows a timely intervention by the treating physicians (see also 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 also be 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 are thus strengthened, patients become their „own therapists“. Data security, ease of use, high reliability 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 has positioned itself as a leading research institution both nationally and internationally – and is regarded as an enabler for prevention-oriented medicine, a realistic risk assessment as well as a prognosis of the disease progression and the efficacy of the therapy.