About the Project

Why is continuous lung monitoring an issue?

Lung related diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and asthma are considered the main causes of death in EU. The current management of such diseases only allows a momentary patient assessment at the time point out-clinic visit or hospitalization. Short-term trends in disease development, either deterioration or improvement, are not accessible. Continuous and real-time monitoring, especially in remote settings (e.g patients’ homes) is not available. Additionally the devices used for monitoring the patients are massive, expensive, uncomfortable and difficult to operate, thus requiring specialized personnel. Several of them also rely on patients’ cooperation and compliance to guarantee proper examination results. The incorporation of novel electronics in garments presents great potential for addressing these challenges.

WELMO at a glance

The 42-month project WELMO aims at developing and validating a new generation of low-cost and low-power miniaturized sensors, integrated in a comfortable vest, enabling the effective and accurate monitoring of the lungs, through the simultaneous collection of sound and electrical impedance tomography (EIT) signals with the same sensors that can be combined, processed and linked with specific clinical outcomes making the systematic, accurate and real-time evaluation of respiratory conditions possible.

Main Goal

The diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of lung diseases depend on the availability of a variety of medical products.
These include devices such as stethoscopes, blood gas analysis systems, spirometers, MRIs and functional imaging methods (EIT) that are discontinuously used both in the diagnosis and monitoring of the lung disease progression and treatment.
The common drawbacks of all the stated examination methods are that they are not portable and only allow a momentary patient assessment at the time point of out-clinic visit or hospitalization.

WELMO aims to answer three key questions:

WELMO’s main goal is to develop, test, validate and commercialise a fully integrated proactive and personalised technology solution, providing 360° data from clinician, patient and external inputs. The technology solution combines a smart vest including sensors which measure and monitor specific COPD patient indicators. Combined with other personalised patient and environmental information, real-time data can be automatically uploaded to highly secure cloud-based patient medical records. From this hub, patients, clinicians and community health professionals can better monitor and manage integrated personalised care plans.

Objectives

The WELMO solution for the patient will be based on

Project Documents

WELMO Leaflet

the first version of the WELMO’s leaflet

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WELMO Poster

 the first version of the WELMO’s poster

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WELMO Newsletters

1st WELMO newsletter

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WELMO Public Deliverables

Currently there are no public deliverables.

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