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Smart technologies for personalized home care for neurological pediatric patients

RE:HOME
Duration
1 January 2024 until 30 June 2028
Project member(s)
Prof. N.L.W. Keijsers (Noël) Prof. W.P. Medendorp (Pieter)
Project type
Research

In North-West Europe, Europe's most densely populated region, there are approximately 12,000 children with neurological disorders who face lifelong challenges, including severe mobility limitations. These children require personalised rehabilitation plans that address their specific needs and abilities. However, the lack of standardized practices hinders the development of comprehensive programs that can be easily implemented across various healthcare settings. Despite advancements in medical technology and rehabilitation practices, the current landscape of motor rehabilitation lacks access to advanced technological solutions. The scarcity of advanced technologies, including exoskeletons for children, contributes to the classification of the NWE area as a medical desert. To address these challenges and improve the field of neurological pediatric rehabilitation, the RE:HOME project aims to achieve the following objectives:
 

  1. Improve access to new technologies by delivering new exoskeleton modules for robot-assisted rehabilitation, smart garments, and also an IT platform to telemonitor and facilitate the transfer of digital technologies.
  2. Establish standardised transnational training programs for both hospital and home use. Urban areas, Belgium and the Netherlands will serve as pilot countries, where training and testing sessions will be developed. These programs will be adapted and tested in sub-regional areas in Hauts de France and disseminated to private practitioners in Germany for further testing. This functional area cooperation fosters a shift from hospital-centered approach to a more territorial health system. It facilitates the transfer of tools in care services and strengthens territorial care networks. The data collected during these tests will contribute to tailored care, such as device settings and optimized timing of use.
  3. Implement a joint training scheme that targets healthcare professionals, parents, children, and the public. This improves access to information and knowledge about rehabilitation technologies and practice.

By promoting social inclusion for disabled individuals and develop the local capacity for change, we create a more inclusive and supportive society.

Funding

Partners

The consortium covers 13 partners from France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany:

  • Radboud University
  • CITC-EuraRFID

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