Power4FitFoot - Datdriven personalized self-management

Less sick people and better care, that's our goal. Health care is one of the largest items of expenditure, with around EUR 75 billion per year. What if you can drastically reduce that amount by warning people in advance of a possible illness, so that they can change their behaviour in time, or get the right treatment in time?

The amount of health care data, available data sources, and available techniques are increasing, making it increasingly difficult to find useful information, and to use the right techniques. The digitisation of patient systems and records in hospitals has made patient data much more accessible. Data sciences are proving to be invaluable in improving outcomes through its ability to find effective correlations - in fast, scalable and precise ways.

In addition, the rapid technological developments in the field of sensors, wireless communication and data analysis have now made it possible to monitor many aspects of the human body and activities. Portable devices monitor heart rate, sleep patterns, gait, and more, while providing new dimensions of context, geolocation, behavioral pattern, and biometrics. Combine this with the unstructured "lifestyle" data that comes across social media and you have a powerful combination that is more than just numbers and tweets.

In Power4FitFoot, we are going to work on such a combination of data sources, focusing on people with diabetes who have a high risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers.

More urgent problem
People with diabetes often have diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). Specialists estimate that about 10 percent of people with diabetes develop a foot ulcer at some point. A mild injury to the foot can already be the beginning of a foot ulcer. People who have diabetes for a longer period of time or who control their diabetes less effectively are more likely to develop foot ulcers. Smoking, inactivity, obesity, high cholesterol or blood pressure can all increase the risk of diabetes foot ulcers. In individual patients, diabetic foot ulcers result in reduced health-related quality of life and higher mortality, and those who have developed an ulcer receive a 50% recurrence rate after three years.

DFU is likely to become an increasingly urgent problem in the (near) future due to the ageing population and the increase in the prevalence of diabetes associated with unhealthy lifestyles (e.g. inactivity and obesity). Better early detection and personalised interventions to improve treatment compliance and encourage self-control can prevent foot ulcer and ultimately amputation. Recognition of symptoms, such as impaired sensation, should help prevent diabetes ulcers. New methods and monitoring techniques need to be applied to optimise early detection and support patients in managing and maintaining their health, which is precisely the scope of Power4FitFoot.

More information
Titel project: Power4FitFoot - Datdriven personalized self-management

Programma: Commit2Data-Program

Organisatie: NWO

Projectmiddelen: € 979.778

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