Project: Home-based Empowered Living for Parkinsons Disease Patients

Acronym HELP (Reference Number: aal-2008-1-022)
Duration 15/06/2009 - 15/06/2012
Project Topic As the continuation of the successful FP6 funded project INTELLIDRUG, HELP will develop a system to dynamically monitorize and treat PD, composed of (a) an intra-oral electronic drug delivery device that is miniature, non-invasive and removable, (b) an external pump to deliver higher amounts of drug, c) a PAN (Personal Area Network) to gather user?s environment information to detect blockades, (d) a telecommunication and services infrastructure to analyze and transfer it both from the user to the automated system (most of the times) or caretaker (for the regular follow-up and emergencies) and in the opposite direction and (e) a remote point of care unit to supervise the patients. Such a system will be able to administer anti-cholinergic agents in a controlled and on-demand basis, to control disease progression and to mitigate PD symptoms improving the quality of life of elderly people suffering this disease and their carers as well as reducing co-morbidity. The activities of the project consortium will aim to construct a complete system, composed of subsystems under research or development stage, from the academic and industrial worlds; both ICT and bio-medical related, in order to be able to reach at the end, a user-friendly solution for a complex problem. HELP includes disciplines such as: MEMS, context awareness, wearable physiological sensor network, telecommunications systems, new generation networks, telehealth information and management systems, middleware and scalable services architecture, pharmacological engineering, and clinical and community medicine. Beyond of this, including a telecommunications and service providers in the consortium, ?potential customers? (medical entities) of the results from 3 different countries as well as technological SMEs active and with business lines in the this particular market, ensures a European scope of the project as well as the feasibility of the result, in terms of business models.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Fundación Hospital Comarcal Sant Antoni Abat Spain
Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V. Germany
Mobile Solution Group GmbH Germany
Nevet Ltd Israel
Peh-Med Ltd Israel
Technical Research Center for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living Spain
Telecom Italia S.p.A. Italy
Telefonica Investigacion y Desarrollo Sociedad Anonima Unipersonal Spain
University and Hospital of Palermo Italy