As a result of the ongoing centralisation of the hospital systems worldwide, the distance for the average citizen to the nearest hospital is growing. With the increasing number of ambulatory examinations, the need for patient transportation and the patient waiting-time is rising, causing inconvenience for the patient and additional expenses for the hospital system.
Investigating the idea
Utilizing the company's know-how within the area of telemedicine, the purpose of the Stay@Home project is to identify relevant ambulatory examinations that can be carried out at the patient's home. This will guide the development of a support-system enabling the ambulatory examinations to be carried out outside of the hospital environment. The identification of relevant examinations are done in cooperation with healthcare professionals, tailoring the system to cover the exact needs of the end user: The staff.
The system consists of a mobile system, enabling data registration away from the hospitals, and a central administrations system, in which data is stored and used for further analysis. These units are connected by a secure communication system, enabling on-spot wireless communication between the hospital and the mobile unit.
It includes a booking system, providing services for booking examinations from the hospital, and route-planning for the mobile staff. Arriving at the patient's home, portable equipment enables test samples and analysis to be performed on site, minimizing the inconvenience and discomfort for the patient. All measurements and registrations are transferred to a mobile device, and sent to the hospital in preparation for evaluating the patient's condition and further treatment. If needed, the mobile staff is able to book the patient for a new appointment.
The Stay@Home ambulatory examination system is developed adhering to the existing open standards like HL7 and DICOM, making it easy to integrate into existing Electronic Healthcare Record, as well as other manufacturers' equipment.