About the Project

Why COPD is a Major Problem

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in itself presents significant and increasing burdens on global health services. Reports estimated that by 2030 COPD will be the 4th largest cause of global mortality (World Health Organisation, 2007). Many patients diagnosed with COPD may also suffer from closely-related chronic diseases including heart failure, diabetes and depression. These co-morbidities add further complexity and cost to public health services, and significantly lower the quality of life experiences and expectations for patients suffering with COPD.


Patients therefore have complex ongoing medical care needs, often involving multiple therapies as well as self-management responsibilities. Public health services are under increasing pressure to deliver integrated care pathways which optimise the quality and timeliness of medical intervention and reduce costs brought about by prolonged hospitalisation.



WELCOME at a Glance

WELCOME project seeks to create a technology solution enabling step-change in the integrated care of, and self-management by, patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and associated chronic conditions (comorbidities) including Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Diabetes and Anxiety and Depression.



Project's General Information

WELCOME runs from November 2013 to November 2017 and is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for R&D. 


Project Acronym: WELCOME


Project Full Name: WELCOME - Wearable Sensing and Smart Cloud Computing for Integrated Care to COPD Patients with Comorbidities


Call Identifier: FP7-ICT-2013-10


Work Programme Objective: Personalized heath, active ageing and independent living (b) Personalized Guidance Services for Management of comorbidities and integrated care


Grant Agreement No: 611223


Total Budget: 8,272,080 €


Funding: 6,170,975 €


Duration: 48 Months


Coordinator: EXUS



Universidade de Coimbra

Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein

Ciro+ B.V.

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Kingston University Higher Education Corporation

Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust

Kristronics GmbH

CSEM Centre Suisse d’Électronique et de Microtechnique SA

Smartex S.R.L.

Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland

Inventya Ltd
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