Fraunhofer IESE and Its Partners to Be State-Funded in Telemedicine Project “E.He.R.”

Presseinformation / 2.6.2015

With almost 400,000 euros worth of funding, research on future-oriented care options for patients with heart disease can continue for another year. The Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Health thereby supports efforts to establish a basis for future state-wide and locally available medical and nursing care.

“In Rhineland-Palatinate, we have set the right course for telemedicine at the right time, and are therefore now rolling out implementation on a wider scale”, said Health Minister Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler on the occasion of the official project approval in Mainz. Fraunhofer IESE and its project partners – the German Foundation for the Chronically Ill (Deutsche Stiftung für chronisch Kranke), the Westpfalz-Klinikum GmbH (regional hospital), and vitaphone GmbH – are implementing and evaluating regional telematics applications in Rhineland-Palatinate. The goal is a care concept that offers customized medical services as independent of time and place as possible. In this project, Fraunhofer IESE is responsible for the requirements analysis and for interviews with the treating physicians, for assuring the quality of the elicited data, as well as for the data analysis. The experiences made during a pilot project in the model region Kaiserslautern shall now be used in another practical application in Rhineland-Palatinate: Together with regional partners – the plans are for the Bitburg-Prüm region – the required infrastructure as well as care processes for treating patients with acute and chronic congestive heart failure will be developed via telemedicine.

“High-quality patient care in rural areas must continue to be ensured in the future. Thanks to the use of telematics, patients are often spared long distances to specialist doctors and the number of visits to the doctor can be reduced. The results, which were all positive, confirm the benefits as well as the technical feasibility and compliance with privacy requirements”, continued Minister Bätzing-Lichtenthäler.

The clinical study performed during the pilot project by the Westpfalz-Klinikum under the leadership of Prof. Schumacher shows that continuous telemedicine care, which enables timely adaptation of the therapy, significantly improves the patient’s health status. There was also a positive impact on the emotional balance of the program participants and their quality of life improved a lot. Overall, the patients were very satisfied with the telemedicine care. “Thanks to modern information technology, the patients are feeling safer and well cared for. This may even improve their well-being and the overall therapy options. Together with our partners, we will now roll out the opportunities offered by telemedicine on a wider scale”, summarizes Dr. Thomas Luiz from the project team of Fraunhofer IESE.

More information about the project “E.He.R.” can be found at:
http://www.eher-telemedizin.de

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern is one of the worldwide leading research institutes in the area of software and systems engineering methods. A major portion of the products offered by its customers is defined by software. These products range from automotive and transportation systems via automation and plant engineering, energy management, information systems and health care to software systems for the public sector. The institute’s software and systems engineering approaches are scalable, which makes Fraunhofer IESE a competent technology partner for organizations of any size from small companies to major corporations.

Under the leadership of Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer and Prof. Dieter Rombach, the contributions of Fraunhofer IESE have been a major boost to the emerging IT hub Kaiserslautern for close to twenty years. In the Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group, the institute is cooperating with other Fraunhofer institutes to develop trend-setting key technologies for the future.

Fraunhofer IESE is one of 66 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Together they have a major impact on shaping applied research in Europe and contribute to Germany’s competitiveness in international markets.