NWE-Chance - Development and validation of promising integrated eHealth applications combined with nanotechnology for hospitalisation of heart failure patients at home


Project Summary

Heart failure is a growing epidemic: in the European Union about 15 million people are now living with heart failure. Between 1-2% of total healthcare expenditure can be associated with this condition, of which 50% is due to hospitalisation. Digital health is widely recognised as one of the most promising solutions to this societal challenge: in the field of cardio vascular diseases, current eHealth tools are primarily focused on rehabilitation and monitoring after hospitalisation. Today, there is a transition taking place from dedicated hospital care to the home setting, with a combination of eHealth applications and miniaturised diagnostic and therapeutic devices. This is where the NWE-Chance project comes into play.

THE PROJECT'S APPROACH

NWE-Chance is all about bringing stakeholders together to co-create the knowledge needed to get innovation in home care to happen in North-west Europe. The project will contribute to develop SMEs’ capabilities and to increase their involvement in cooperative projects in the NWE Interreg region. During the project, two SMEs and one larger company will collaborate with three hospitals and two universities to develop and test a prototype of a platform for home hospitalisation in which supportive (miniaturised) diagnostic and therapeutic devices are integrated. The prototype will integrate a real-time monitoring system with a nano-based test for measuring potassium and creatine, and a wearable patch to monitor vital functions.

Pilots will run in three different hospitals to test:

  • the technical feasibility of the developed technologies;
  • the organisational feasibility of home hospitalisation for heart failure patients.

Then, an Innovation-Hub will be launched to:

  • support the collaboration and knowledge exchange between SMEs and hospitals in the process of developing and implementing new digital health technologies;
  • ensure continuity and growth of the collaboration between industry and hospitals, leading to the development of eHealth products to support hospitalisation at home.

Additionally, the project will deliver an Implementation Roadmap to multiply the innovations in other regions and initiate similar projects.

Events

Spotlight Telemedicine Summit : Towards hybrid care: the heart failure case – hospital and home

28-05-2021 - 28-05-2021, Online

Based on work done by the NWE-Chance project and the experiences of two organisations, this special session run by EHTEL as part of the two-day Spotlights Telemedicine conference o... Read more

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News

Hospitalisation@Home - two years of progress

Posted on 28-05-2021

Development and validation of promising integrated eHealth applications for hospitalization of heart failure patients at home. Read more

NWE-Chance in De Cardioloog medical magazine (in Dutch)

Posted on 08-09-2021

The following interview was published in the Dutch medical magazine De Cardioloog. Read more

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WHY IS THE PROJECT NEEDED?

The industry developing innovations and transferring hospital care in a home environment is still in its infancy, fragmentally available and only partially integrated in standard healthcare services. Despite new opportunities for home hospitalisation, there are several challenges. One is the limited uptake by healthcare professionals. It is therefore crucial to:

  • establish clinical evidence that supports the use of new technologies in healthcare;
  • raise awareness about real-life examples of uptake.

Another challenge is the very few connections between the health sector and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) developing eHealth tools for dedicated hospital care in the home setting. It is therefore essential to:

  • combine the separate knowledge between large-scale industry, SMEs, healthcare organisations, and knowledge providers;
  • bring together all the relevant stakeholders to exchange knowledge and experience.

The project will facilitate the process of co-creation through living labs and will launch a knowledge, testing and implementation platform that will support SMEs in their innovations in the field of digital health.

EXPECTED RESULTS

By the end of the project:

  • three industry partners will have developed new eHealth-based technologies for the transition of 24/7 hospital care for heart failure patients in the home environment;
  • the concept of home hospitalisation for heart failure patients will be adopted by three hospitals in the NWE region;
  • an Innovation Hub will be established. Innovative SMEs in the NWE region will be able to rely on an infrastructure to develop novel products.

Long-term effects in five years:

  • three industry partners have further developed new eHealth-based technologies for the transition of 24/7 hospital care for heart failure patients in the home environment;
  • the networking initiated by the Innovation Hub will have increased the adoption of home hospitalisation. Fifteen SMEs will have realised digital innovations.

Long-term effects in ten years:

  • three industry partners will have solid market positions;
  • home hospitalisation will be fully adopted;
  • the Innovation Hub will have supported the collaboration between fifty SMEs and hospitals. Thirty-five SMEs will have realised digital innovations.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Isala 2 Dokter van Heesweg
Zwolle
8025 AB
Netherlands
a.vdvelde@isala.nl www.isala.nl
Name Contact Name Email Country
Jessa Ziekenhuis Paul Dendale paul.dendale@jessazh.be Belgium
CE-Mate B.V. (partnership ended at August 14, 2019) Steven Staal steven.staal@medimate.com Netherlands
European Health Telematics Association Irina Lascar communication@ehtel.eu Belgium
Universiteit Hasselt Valerie Storms valerie.storms@uhasselt.be Belgium
University of Strathclyde Kara Mackenzie Kara.mackenzie@dhi-scotland.com United Kingdom
Sensium Healthcare Alison Burdett alison.burdett@sensium.co.uk United Kingdom
Klinikum der Stadt Ludwigshafen am Rhein Uwe Zeymer zeymeru@klilu.de Germany
Build in Europe s.a. Marc Lange marc.lange@build-in-europe.be Belgium
HC@Home B.V. Wilma Koch wilma.koch@hcathome.com Netherlands
SANANET CARE B.V. Kay van der Mierden k.vandermierden@sananet.nl Netherlands

Progress so far


Experiencing NWE-Chance: Innovation, infrastructure, and investment

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On 25 January, Dr Astrid van der Velde of Isala Heart Centre in the Netherlands was one of 75 speakers at AgeingFit 2021. On a panel about innovative organisational models for home-based care and services in Europe, she updated an audience of more than 80 participants about the hospitalisation at home collaboration of NWE-Chance. The attendees came largely from countries around northern Europe. Read More


Events


Spotlight Telemedicine Summit : Towards hybrid care: the heart failure case – hospital and home

, Online

Based on work done by the NWE-Chance project and the experiences of two organisations, this special session run by EHTEL as part of the two-day Spotlights Telemedicine conference on 28-29 May 2021, explored the meaning of hybrid care. It showed how hospitals and care systems in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Romania, are implementing this blended care. The session reflected on three major challenges that are being faced: organisational, technical, and economic.
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Digital Therapeutics and Care at Home

, Online

NWE-Chance participated in the second “Imagining 2029” webinar, organised by EHTEL and supported by the EHTEL Innovation Initiative. The webinar introduced the journey that is helping patients to move from care in the hospital to care in the community, and especially care at home. Given today’s situation in which health systems, and especially hospitals, need to manage ever more knowledge and increasing amount of data, they are faced with a number of challenges. These relate to e.g., increasing clinical benefits, providing treatment in a variety of locations (in the hospital itself, in new forms of hospitals, at home), and involving health and care staff effectively in the changes occurring. The objectives of this first webinar on digital therapeutics and care at home are to: - explore how, throughout Europe, care is shifting from the hospital to the home, - explore what digital therapeutics has to offer in terms of this paradigm shift, and identify in what ways AI and digital therapeutics work together.
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Have a look at our video playlists to know more about partners past experiences and how the project is progressing.

Learn also about the technologies on which NWE-Chance project is building.

More is to come.

 


Towards hybrid care: the heart failure case – hospital and home

Based on work done by the NWE-Chance project and the experiences of two organisations, this special session run by EHTEL as part of the two-day Spotlights Telemedicine conference on 28-29 May 2021, explored the meaning of hybrid care. It showed how hospitals and care systems in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Romania, are implementing this blended care. The session reflected on three major challenges that are being faced: organisational, technical, and economic.

The 2020 Though Leader EHTEL Symposium: two interesting sessions

The 2020 edition of the Thought Leader EHTEL Symposium explored the speed-up of digital health services and their contributions to healthy and resilient communities. The 2020 COVID-19 outbreak reinforced the importance of good quality, and protective, care at home. The Symposium explored the implications of the pandemic for digital healthcare and highlighted a paradigm shift, by focusing on bringing together AI, Virtual Coaching, and the market for the first two in healthcare.

Bringing together digital therapeutics and mHealth: An innovation journey

 

 

Mainstreaming virtual healthcare encounters: Towards new care models

 

Open Hospital at Home - NWE-Chance mid-term workshop - video playlist

Previous experience in the field from NWE-Chance partners

 

Technologies on which NWE-Chance project is building


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