Health@Hand: Acquire patient data at a glance -- MEDICA Trade Fair

11/09/2017

Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung IGD

Health@Hand: Acquire patient data at a glance

Compiling patient data is still a painstaking task. The digital Health@Hand brings all available data together automatically, analyzing them and presenting them in a visual format. Staff can then keep an eye on all patients at all times and take action immediately should it become necessary. Researchers will be showcasing this system at the MEDICA (Booth G05, Hall 10) in Düsseldorf between November 13 and 16, 2017. 

Time is being called on long searches. Digital patient records are set to contain all patient data in the future. But there is a catch: until now, there have been no fitting standards in relation to this need. There are still many hurdles that need to be cleared from a technical standpoint. Numerous systems are unable to communicate with one another, for example. It's almost as if they spoke a different language. Many machines, such as X-ray generators, are not interlinked with medical technology infrastructure either. This means nurses, doctors and car staff need to hurry from room to room to collect the patient data that they require.

Bringing data together centrally

Staff will no longer need to rush in the future. Doctors, nurses, and care home staff will simply look at a central multi-touch table or a tablet to view all patient data at a glance. This is all possible thanks to the Health@Hand control center, which researchers developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Rostock. “Health@Hand integrates all different systems for the first time, merging all data and presenting them in easy-to-understand visual formats,” says Dr. Mario Aehnelt, scientist at Fraunhofer IGD. “The system is tailor-made for personalized medicine, which is centered on an individual's data.” All patients have their own, specific preexisting conditions and respond differently to the drugs that they are prescribed.

All relevant data from a hospital ward or care facility are united in a clearly arranged visual format for staff. Virtual mapping of an entire hospital ward on a multi-touch table makes it quick and easy to schedule and keep track of treatment appointments, drug administration and more mundane items such as cleaning intervals and staffing levels. Decisions are simplified, work made easier. The Fraunhofer researchers are convinced that this system can handle necessary administrative and handover tasks in wards significantly faster and more smoothly. The time saved can only benefit patients. “Health@Hand not only helps to keep track of things; it also offers advantages for patients,” says Aehnelt. “Nursing staff have more freedom to take a more individual approach to needs.”

Automatic health data analysis and preparation

Health@Hand also offers another advantage: it not only brings data together at a central point, but also analyzes and processes them automatically. “Whereas preceding systems were designed to document and function without interpreting data, Health@Hand also focuses on the analysis of data,” explains Aehnelt. The system interlinks different data, thus providing completely new scope for information. Trends in patient health can be detected earlier and prognoses for patient health made more rapidly. Even activity and vital function data from wearables such as fitness wristbands and smartwatches can be included in the Health@Hand system. Fitness thus forms part of a medical context.

Health@Hand is being showcased at Booth G05, Hall 10 at MEDICA in Düsseldorf between November 13 and 16, 2017.

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