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.