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Nursing path optimisation of home-care patients by using telematics applications (Second phase: March 2004 - February 2006)

Research project I2/2F/107 (Research action I2)

Contract I2/2F/107 :

Duration of the contract :


Partners :

  • Wit-Gele Kruis Limburg vzw (Coordinator of the project)
  • VitalSys 
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

Description :

Electronic data transmission (EDT) is increasingly the focus of attention in the healthcare sector. The question being asked is how telemonitoring and telemedicine can acquire a place in homecare. By way of a homecare pilot project in Belgium’s Limburg province, we are investigating the feasibility of new EDT applications. The project is endeavouring to determine not just technical aspects, but also user expectations of the scheme. The target groups for this project are patients, home carers, home-carer organisations, GPs and technology developers.

The project has the following objectives in mind:
- Development of EDT applications (monitoring of blood pressure, glycaemia and possibly spirometry) and the development of an accompanying technology platform for data transfers. Moreover, provision is being made for the integration of the data generated within the electronic patient care dossier and for the transfer of monitored data to GPs.

- A methodology is being used which guarantees user participation in the design and implementation of the EDT applications. Aspects of technology use are being evaluated. In this case, the users are: home carers, senior carers, home-carer organisations, patients, and GPs.

Based on the evaluation and analysis of this project, recommendations will be produced regarding the introduction and use of the afore-mentioned EDT application in general homecare. For the purpose of project valorisation, a list of criteria is being drawn up which may be used in order to develop an interactive evaluation process during the technology’s development and implementation.

- Contact person (project's coordinator):

Wit-Gele Kruis Limburg V.Z.W
Adelheid Hoewaer
Weg naar As 72
3600 GENK
Phone : 089 30 08 80
Fax : 089 30 08 88


Coordinator Wit-Gele Kruis Limburg V.Z.W

Partner 1 VitalSys

Partner 2 Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Vakgroep Medische Sociologie (Meso)

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