About the Project Consortium Results RomanianRO

About the Project

Heart failure (HF) is a major and growing medical and economic problem as 1–2% of the health care budget is spent worldwide on this medical condition. HF affects especially elderly, with 80% of HF related hospitalizations occurring among patients above 65 years. In addition, 70% of the elderly patients are readmitted to hospital within one year, making re-hospitalization an ongoing medical challenge.

In this context, the PerHeart project is employing Information and Communication Technology with the main goal of reducing re-hospitalization rates in HF patients by:

  • 1. supporting HF patients in self-managing their disease and adhere to therapy and lifestyle changes (participatory and preventive);
  • 2. providing real-time personalized feedback for HF patients and their caregivers (personalized);
  • 3. elucidating specific risk factors for readmission and helping health care professionals by revealing new physiological targets or characteristic patient profiles for focused intervention, either medical or social (predictive);
  • 4. providing data that can help interpretation and prediction of complex multifactorial diseases (predictive) by taking specific medical, gender, age, social and economic aspects into account (personalized).

The PerHeart ICT platform will integrate in a modular design functionalities dedicated to HF patients and their professional caregivers. The underlying artificial intelligence software will adapt to the patient’s needs while collected data in three countries (Poland, Denmark, Italy) will help elucidate specific risk factors for readmission while taking gender and socio-economic aspects into account and help interpretation and prediction of complex multifactorial disease while also providing input for focused intervention.

Transnational collaboration between multidisciplinary teams from the PerHeart countries, combined with previous experience in developing ambient assistive living solutions, will ensure a successful implementation of the project.

Consortium

Name Responsible City, Country
IT Center for Science and Technology Bogdan Cramariuc Bucharest, Romania
Medical University of Warsaw Katarzyna Broczek Warsaw, Poland
ECOTOPIAS Stefan Wagner Risskov, Denmark
Warsaw University of Technology Jerzy Kolakowski Warsaw, Poland
Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Reasearch, Department of System Development; Division for SMART Systems László Árvai Miskolc, Hungary
Institut für Sozialforschung und Sozialwirtschaft Daniel Bieber Saarbruecken, Germany

Results

Phase 1

Activity I.1 The PerHeart platform architecture is based on previous developments of the consortium partners who have been active in the Ambient and Assistive Living (AAL) field. A modular design forms the basis of these developments. Within PerHeart we will further enhance the hardware modules and will develop an underlying data processing software which relies on artificial intelligence (AI). The collected data from sensors and devices used by the heart failure patients will be analyzed to extract risk factors and reduce readmission rates. Within this activity, we present the hardware modules and outline the AI solutions which comply with GDPR requirements.

Activity I.2 Within this activity, we have set and started to develop and reconfigure the software components of the platform. Initial tests for an implementation of Federated Learning were also performed. The platform is based on Python and the web framework Flask. The latter is a micro-framework because it is independent on additional libraries. Flask does not require an abstractization layer of the database or validation of other third-party components. The platform will be implemeted based on micro-services. Each micro-service has it own database and a APIs for intercommunication. The APIs allow operations such as Create, Read, Update, Delete for the exchanged data.

Activity I.3 PerHeart webpage is maintained at: www.citst.ro/projects/perheart/. Communication and management will be facilitated by the use of the OpenProj framewrk. This is an open-source desktop project management application similar to Microsoft Project. OpenProj has a easy to use interface and provides Gantt and PERT charts. Openproj allows to create projects and break them up into steps and milestones and each may have its own set of details that allows you to delegate each millstone or step as tasks for teams.