A Spanish research organization is looking for additional partners for an Iberoeka project proposal, in the field of digital health. The project aims to develop a new integrated system for epilepsy monitoring based on: smart bracelet, IoT (internet of things) platform, predictive models and specific app. Partners, as hospitals, insurance companies or patients association are searched for testing and validating the prototype under a research cooperation agreement.
Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide and the fourth most common neurological condition. The estimated proportion of the general population that have active epilepsy at a given time is 4-10 per 1.000 people.
Developments in digital and wearable technologies for seizure tracking and alert were welcomed by both the clinical experts and people affected by epilepsy. An important area of technology development was mobile digital devices (e.g. phone apps and wearable devices) that track and raise alerts of seizure onset. Several such technologies are already available and are becoming increasingly widely used to help empower people in the self-management of their condition using biofeedback.
There is also important potential for the information recorded by such devices to be usefully shared in real-time with caregivers and clinicians. The sharing of such information to generate big data sets, and new models is needed to drive technological innovation in new directions.
The project is based on a previous activity of the research organization, which has developed new generalized models for the classification of abnormal movements in daily life, and its applicability to epilepsy convulsion recognition. Also, an original pre-clinical study on the detection of simulated epileptic seizures has been developed.
The main objective of the project is to develop a new low-cost system for epilepsy supervising based on personalized models, and to demonstrate its technical feasibility, in order to achieve a new product that can meet the needs of patients and healthcare professionals. The leader of the project in Spain is an electronic devices manufacturing company, with a several collaboration of the research organization. The project also involves partners from other countries like Argentina.
The IBEROEKA projects help to fund business technological cooperation in Ibero-America. This initiative is included within the Ibero-American Science and Technology for Development Programme (CYTED) in which 19 countries from South and Central America, Portugal and Spain take part.
IBEROEKA is characterized by an essential, bottom-up principle, whereby participants are free to use their own criteria in order to formulate, develop and budget research and development (R&D), and innovation projects considering their own needs.
The research organization is looking for public e-health managers, private health entities and insurance companies operating in the field of personalized and digital health, which are interested in the project outcomes, for testing activities / validation of the demonstrative prototype.
Call for applications is permanently open.
Expressions of interest are welcome before the 28th of December.
The project will last 24 months.
The research centre is seeking private/public hospitals with epilepsy units and/or epilepsy patients associations. The role of the partner will be to test the first results and validate of the demonstrative prototype.
Public e-health managers, private health entities and insurance companies operating in the field of personalized and digital health interested in the project outcomes, are sought.