Smart T-Shirt Lets Doctors Monitor Patients While They’re At Home
EU-funded researchers have developed the innovative system to measure heart rate, breathing and physical activity, and send this data to doctors.
A smart T-shirt developed by the EU-funded Chronious project helps enable chronically ill patients to stay comfortable at home while being monitored remotely, giving them a better quality of life with the aid of technology. The T-shirt has been designed for patients suffering from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Chronic kidney disease (CKD), but can be adapted for people suffering from similar chronic illnesses requiring long-term care.
The wearable tech enables remote health monitoring, with heart, respiratory and activity sensors, alongside external devices such as a digital weight scale, glucometer, blood pressure monitor, spirometer and air quality sensor in the patient’s home. These are connected to a smartphone or PDA, which transmits the information to a care provider for analysis using intelligent data processing software.
This system enables treatments to be fine-tuned to patients’ individual requirements, reduces the need for regular check-ups, and alerts carers immediately if patients’ vital signs change or indicate a problem, potentially saving lives. The Chronious team has tested the system in two trials involving COPD and CKD patients in Spain and Italy, and have just been awarded EU funding for more extensive trials in Spain, Estonia, Slovenia, Sweden, and the UK.