Implementation of clinical studies using the telemedicine system

News, 06/08/2020

The University Center for Energy Efficient Buildings of CTU participates in the plan to conduct pilot and then full-scale clinical studies based on the collection of data from the everyday life of people suffering from chronic diseases. For this purpose, the Diani telemedicine system is used with modules aimed at patients with diabetes, hypertension and also at patients whose level of physical activity needs to be continuously monitored.

In cooperation with the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering of the Czech Technical University, the 1st Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in Prague and other partners, the Diani system was created, which was tested in Laboratoři personalizované telemedicíny CTU UCEEB. With the help of this system, a SOMA clinical study focused on monitoring the physical activity of patients hospitalized in the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital was implemented. It was also used in the telemedicine pilot project implemented by the City Hall of Prague.

The system is also actively used in two ongoing clinical studies. One of them is aimed at optimizing treatment and monitoring the treatment regime of patients with diabetes, the other at patients with hypertension. In addition, in the Kladruby Rehabilitation Institute, with the help of Diani, the accuracy of smart bracelets is verified in patients with walking stereotype disorder.

The Diani telemedicine system is built on the core of the SeniorInspect system (later renamed Protect), which is the technology that ensures the operation of the mobile assistance service for seniors of the same name. Diani enables the automated collection of a range of health information about patients with chronic diseases. These are obtained using a mobile application or a mini-PC located at the patient's home or in a medical facility.

Data are collected from devices such as glucometers, tonometers, bioimpedance scales, smart bracelets, electronic diaries or questionnaire systems. They are then stored in the cloud and presented to both patients and doctors or caregivers. They can also be automatically sent to hospital information systems.

Research and development was supported within the framework of the Operational Program Prague - Pole of Growth of the Czech Republic, the Operational Program Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Competitiveness and Grantovou agenturou Univerzity Karlovy.