Delta and Coloplast have joined forces with other Danish as well as European companies and research institutions on a project to further develop an electronic patch, which can be used to monitor patients outside hospitals. The other Danish participants are Systematic Software Engineering, the Technical University of Denmark, RTX Health Care and Silicise. The project partners have applied for funding from the 7th Research Framework Programme of the EU.
Jens Brandbjerg, project manager at Delta, says: "By means of sensors built into a Compeed patch [a well known Danish brand of hydrocolloid adhesive plaster – Ed] and wireless communication and a mobile phone, we can keep a close watch on patients in an integrated system which monitors people at home. The aim is to keep people out of hospitals to the widest possible extent."
The sensors can measure a range of parameters including temperature, pulse and muscular activity. "We can keep an eye on people's condition around the clock. The patches can comfortably be worn for a week and there are no visible wires. The technology provides better life quality for patients, who can become experts in their own treatment while living a normal life," says Brandbjerg.
If the EU funding is granted, the development work is scheduled for four years and will be carried out in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greece, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Italy and Denmark. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.