Our research within eHealth, i.e. the use of information and communication technology to support health, is focused on solutions to support care outside of the hospital environment. Strong initiatives are within prehospital ambulance care and supporting home care by improving the patient’s capability to take care of him/herself.
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Improving the prehospital acute care process for road traffic injuries
Every year 1.3 million people are killed in road traffic accidents around the world, and 20−50 million are injured. MedTech West is developing methodologies for improving the rescue process for traffic accidents, by gathering and interpreting valuable crash information from vehicle sensors and making diagnostic tools for detection of internal bleedings.
We take a holistic view of traffic accidents and trauma care and use novel methodologies to address the clinical problems, such as pattern recognition algorithms for improving field triage protocols (used to assess the status of injured patients, to decide where they should be transported and how urgent treatment is) and microwave technology for detection of intracranial bleedings, which makes this project unique. In the future, the emergency center will receive more precise and accurate information about the accidents for planning emergency dispatch, and the hospital will receive more specific information about the status of a patient, to ensure the each patient gets the best possible treatment as soon as possible after the accident.
Innovation and development of eHealth within prehospital acute care
Prehospital acute care faces big challenges. New care processes and methods, as well as increasing demands on treatment outcome, safety, auditing and efficiency calls for co-operation and exchange of information between different stakeholders and systems, as well as advanced supporting ICT/eHealth. To cover the complete chain from incident to care at the right place, time and level, different interoperating components from various vendors are needed. Demands on standardization, holistic thinking, care knowledge, verification in authentic settings and openness in between all actors involved are necessities for success. Furthermore, solutions being deployed within the civil prehospital domain can also be deployed within the military domain, thereby increasing their application potential.