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European health education

The aim is to improve the management of chronic illnesses
e.G. Asthma and diabetes, using multimedia modules accessed
via cablevision, local area networks (lan) and telecoms.
users would be patients, carers and health professionals.

Introduction: As the population of Europe increases and life expectancy is extended, there is a growing and urgent need to enable people to take greater responsibility for their own health. At the present time in Europe, asthma affects 5% of the adult population or 17.5 million including 10-15% of all children; cardiovascular diseases kill some 1.75 million and diabetes affects 7 million or 2% of the population. All these chronic conditions require continuous and effective management by patients and those who care for them if a reasonable level of health is to be maintained and serious complications leading to increased costs for health services, are to be avoided. Improved understanding of high risk factors and the willingness to make appropriate changes in lifestyle are vital if those with chronic conditions are to be empowered to manage their illness successfully. Objective: The aim is to enable those suffering from chronic illness, together with carers and appropriate health professionals to be able to access levels of information which will influence behaviour modification and lead to improved health management. Access to information will be through telematic technology via local area networks (LAN), cable television or stand alone PCs. The information would utilise the power of interactive multimedia with navigation routes offering users access to comprehensive information about their illness in a format which will promote levels of understanding sufficient to lead to the required behaviour modification. Proposal: To carry out collaborative research and development of concepts utilising the potential of interactive multimedia delivered to users through telematics. The collaboration will draw on work carried out by the UNIVERSITY OF LEIPZIG for a multimedia public health information system "MEDIROBO" together with a multimedia framework concept developed by the Medical Multimedia Framework: Diabetes Mellitus (MMF-DM) project under the DELTA programme by IPSWICH HOSPITAL and QUAY VIDEO PRODUCTIONS (MEDICAL) LTD. The collaboration will include CONSORCI HOSPITALARI DEL PARC TAULI, a major hospital near Barcelona, to enable the efficiency and cost benefits of the multimedia frameworks in relation to linguistic and cultural differences to be explored. NORCONTEL, a telematics consultancy in Dublin, will advise and set up a series of experimental sites to explore access issues using a variety of telematics routes. The project will develop a range of demonstrators in several languages. These demonstrators will provide a sufficient number of programmes of marketable quality to enable a range of pilot experiments to be undertaken to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of different telematics paths offering quick and affordable access for patients, carers and health professionals. Phase 1: Definition: Define relationship and commonality of structural and technological content of MEDIROBO and MMF-DM projects. Review structures; define technological and content constraints for access of materials via LAN, cablevision, telecoms or by stand alone PCs. Plan pilot experimental use of these access opportunities. Phase 2: Implementation: Develop a set of fully operational indepth multimedia learning modules on asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in three European languages, together with a similar set of public health information modules. Phase 3: Initial Exploration: Through a series of planned experiments investigate the ability of patients, carers and health professionals to access this range of interactive multimedia material through a variety of access points. To determine the effect on behaviour and assess benefits both to patients and the cost of health care. Phase 4: Following the completion of the EUREKA project, full exploitation is planned to market all programmes in a variety of formats to a range of access providers for LAN, cablevision and stand alone PCs. Outcome: A set of interactive multimedia learning modules leading to marketable programmes about three major chronic illnesses in three languages, tested for behavioural effectiveness for a range of access points using a variety of telematics delivery methods.
Acronym: 
EUROHEALTH
Project ID: 
1 457
Start date: 
01-11-1995
Project Duration: 
32months
Project costs: 
1 820 000.00€
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