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WELCOME Project Started!
01/11/2013

November 1st is the official starting date of WELCOME project.

 

WELCOME is a 4-year E.U project aiming to develop integrated healthcare services by exploiting cloud computing features for better monitoring and treatment, focusing on all levels of care. The developed system is going to be tested with COPD multi-morbid patients in five countries namely Greece, Germany, Netherlands, UK and Ireland. WELCOME consortium is consisted of 12 highly motivated experienced organisations from 8 countries throughout Europe.

 

Stay tuned in order to be informed on the progress and achievements of this challenging and promising project, as well as follow us on Twitter  (@ProjectWELCOME).

WELCOME official flyer
17/03/2014

The WELCOME flyer is now available for download in Documents section. 

News release in the EC website
19/12/2013

The concept and objectives of WELCOME project are described in an official news release published today in the EC website.

 

Click here to read more about it.

Visit Our Facebook page!
06/12/2013

WELCOME's facebook page is now true. Like it for staying informed on the letest achivements of the project though the most popular social media.

 

Visit the Facebook page by clicking here.

 

WELCOME Kick-off Meeting
21/11/2013

The Kick-off meeting of WELCOME project took place from 18th to 20th of November 2013 at EXUS premises in Athens, Greece.

 

During the meeting the main focus was given on the work-packages that have already started, as well the ones that are going to start during the first year of the project. Especially Clinical and User Requirements are considered of greatest importance not only for Y1 but also for the whole project’s progress, and so a lot of effort was spent there. Except for the presentations and the discussions took place the next steps and actions of WELCOME project were defined.

 

 The WELCOME team

WELCOME at EDF 2014
20/03/2014

Mr. Andreas Raptopoulos represented WELCOME project at EDF 2014. The participants showed great interest in the project objectives and its goals and more specifically to the data process taking place in the WELCOME cloud, and the knowelgde extracted from this procedure.

WELCOME Plenary Meeting
25/04/2014

The WELCOME plenary meeting took place at Kingston University's premises at Kingston Upon Thames, UK from April 8th to 9th. During these two days the consortium was mainly focused on the user requirements process (WP2) and WELCOME’s design (WP3) as well as their connection and interaction. Moreover there were presentations concerning WELCOME’s managerial aspects (WP1), the exploitation and dissemination activities (WP9) as well as there was an extensive presentation and demonstation regarding the development of the vest and the challenges faced so far (WP4).

 

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WELCOME at EIT2014
29/04/2014

CAU and CSEM represented WELCOME project at  the 15th International Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electrical Impedance Tomography, 24-26 April 2014, Gananoque, Canada.

WELCOME at eHealth Forum 2014
19/05/2014

AUTH represented WELCOME project at eHealth Forum took place at Athens on May 12th to 14th, 2014.

WELCOME at ETSI event
15/05/2014

Dr. Nada Philip (Kingston University) gave a talk about WELCOME project at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) event ‘ETSI eHealth workshop on Telemedicine 6-7 May 2014’.  The participants became aware of this project and its timely and important objectives within the eHealth digital agenda of EU.  In particular, the presentation received great interest on the telecommunication standards and Interoperability issues between the different components of WELCOME.

WELCOME at EXPAND workshop
20/05/2014

Dr. Dimitris Vassiliadis (EXUS) represented WELCOME project at EXPAND workshop took place in Athens on 15th of May. The workshop was organized in the the context of eHealth forum and it was a great oppotunity for WELCOME project to come in contact with other projects and exchange ideas, opinions and experiences. This was the first step towards the collaboration with other projects which is one of the main goals of WELCOME consortium.

WELCOME at ATS2014
26/05/2014

Dr. Martihn Spruit (CIRO+) represented WELCOME project at ATS (American Thoracic Society) 2014 International Congress, took place on 16-21 May 2014, San Diego, US. 

WELCOME at EMBC 2014
01/09/2014

Concortium partners from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Kingston University and University of Coimbra represented WELCOME project at EMBS 2014 took place from August 26th to 30th, 2014 at Chicago, Illinois. The partners presented project's related papers as well as its goals and its current progress.

WELCOME in China!
10/09/2014

The WELCOME project will be represented at the 7th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI 2014, http://cisp-bmei.lntu.edu.cn/), in Dalian, China, on October 14th-16th, by researchers from the University of Coimbra. The research team will present a paper entitled "Voluntary Cough Detection by Internal Sound Analysis".

Face-to-Face Meeting in Halkidiki, Greece
29/09/2014

A Face-to-Face meeting between WP3 and WP4 partners took place in Halkidiki, Greece on September 26th and 27th. The work was mainly focused on WELCOME system's design and the technical challenges faced so far. Additionally a strategy was proactively defined for mitigating potential and foreseen risks.

Happy Birthday WELCOME!
01/11/2014

Today WELCOME project becomes 1 year old. The first yeat of its life was dedicated the collection and definition of user needs and requirements and on the system and electronics design. The consortium will keep working hard towards the developement and deployment of a full integrated system.

 

Happy Birthday WELCOME!

WELCOME at MobiHealth 2014
05/11/2014

WELCOME project participated in MobiHealth 2014 conference took place on 3-5 November in Athens. A poster and 4 papers were presented in the context of the conferce reflecting the project's concept, objective and achievements during its first year. The overall acceptance was very positive. The names of the papers presented are:

  • Josias Wacker, Olivier Chételat, Michaël Rapin, Christophe Meier, , Jacques-André Porchet, Y. L. Chang, Barbara K. Pierscionek, Reem Kayyali, Shereen Elnabhani, Nada Philip, "Electrical and mechanical design of a vest measuring a large set of physiological signals"

 

  • I Chouvarda, V Kilintzis, K Haris, V Kaimakamis, E Perantoni, N Maglaveras, N Philip, L Mendes, C Lúcio, P de Carvalho, RP Paiva, O Chetelat, J Wacker, M Rapin, C Meier, J-A Porchet, S D’Arcy, I Frerichs, Andreas Raptopoulos, "Combining pervasive technologies and cloud computing for COPD and comorbidities management"

 

  • Nada Philip, Ioanna Chouvarda, Andreas Raptopoulos, Drishty Sobnath, Pantelis Natsiavas, Nicos Maglaveras, Vassilis Kilintis, Talal Butt, "Design of a RESTful middleware to enable web of medical things"

 

  • Shereen Nabhani-Gebara, Reem Kayyali, "WELCOME project: What do Stakeholders want? In depth analysis of COPD patients, carers, and healthcare professional views"
WELCOME Plenary Meeting in Athens
10/11/2014

WELCOME's 2nd Plenary Meeting took place in Athens on November 5th - 6th, 2014. The meeting was mainly focused on presenting the results and project’s outcomes of Year 1, as well as the definition of the next steps for Year 2. Moreover initial preparatory activities took place concerning the planning of clinical validation studies and Year 3 activities. 

 

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WELCOME Clinical Meeting
04/12/2014

A meeting took place at Croydon University Hospital, UK on December 2th, 2014, among the clinical partners. The main goals of the meeting were the detailed planning of the clinical validation studies as well as how the clinical partners will be actively involved and provide their assistance on the developements of WELCOME system taking place on the second year of the project.  

WELCOME at LTS2015
22/01/2015

WELCOME consortium had its own stand with posters and flyers at LTC2015, took place in London, UK. The project outcomes for Y1 were successfully presented, raising a lot of interest on the project. Prof. Nicos Maglaveras (AUTH) was the leader of this activity as well as people from EXUS, Kingston University and Croydon University Hospital represented WELCOME consortium.    

WELCOME in Greek Media!
26/01/2015

In the context of an initiative called "Science Coffee", organised by the Aristotle University of Thessalonik (AUTH)i, Dr. Ioanna Chouvarda presented WELCOME project. The initiative was covered by several well-known Greek media (radio and newspapers). A related article (in Greek) can be found in the following link:

http://www.protothema.gr/technology/article/444080/exupno-gileko-gia-astheneis-me-diaviti-kardiaki-aneparkeia-kai-katathlipsi/

 

   

1st Successful Annual Review
03/02/2015

The 1st Annual Review of WELCOME project took place on January 28th-29th, 2015, at Brussels. The Review results confirmed the hard work taking place in the context of the project as well as revealed the pontential of being established as a flagship project. The WELCOME consortium will keep working towards this direction, aiming to achieve excellent results during the next years. 

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Invited Talk
23/03/2015

The Clinical Informatics Lab from the University of Coimbra was invited to give a talk at the Euro Mini Conference (http://www.minieuro2015.com/) - Health Informatics session, March 30, 2015. The presentation, entitled "Audio Signal Processing for Respiratory Evaluation within the WELCOME Project", was performed by Prof. Rui Pedro Paiva. Prof. Paiva described ongoing research work pertaining to the automatic detection of wheezes, crackles and cough from chest sounds, in the context of the Welcome project.

The Euro Mini Conference gathered scientific researchers from different disciplines to discuss and share their experience regarding methodological approaches to tackle different Healthcare challenges. Contributions from operational research, industrial engineering, medicine, medical physics, management, computational biology, bioinformatics, health economics among others were offered.

WELCOME at eHealthWeek 2015
13/05/2015

Mr. Andreas Raptopoulos made a WELCOME-based presentation concerning how eHealth and mHealth can add value, at eHealthWeek 2015 conference took place at Riga, Latvia on May 11-13. 

 

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WELCOME Plenary Meeting at Neuchâtel
26/05/2015

The plenary meeting of WELCOME project took place at Neuchâtel, Switzerland on May 21st-22nd. The main focus of the meeting was on the technical devlopments taking place currently, towards the creation of the system's first integrated prototype. The meeting was also combined with the valuable presence and active participation of the project's advisory board. Overall the good progress of WELCOME was confirmed.  

 

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WELCOME at EIT2015
08/06/2015

The 16th International Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) took place in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, from the 2nd to 5th of June 2015. The WELCOME consortium was represented by two scientific contributions, both selected for oral presentations, which not only received lively discussions on the floor but also further positive feedback during the conference breaks. Further details on the EIT conference can be found at www.eit2015.org

 

WELCOME at IoT Week 2015
22/06/2015

Rita Paradiso of Smartex, a key technical development partner in the WELCOME project, attended the recent Internet of Things (IoT) Week event in Lisbon, 16-18 June 2015. http://iot-week.eu/  IoT Week 2015 was organized along three tracks – Industry, Research and Innovation.

 

Rita shares her thoughts with us about why presenting the WELCOME wearable health technology at IoT Week was worthwhile.

 

“Almost two weeks ago I attended the Internet of Things (IoT) week in Lisbon, Portugal. It was a very interesting gathering of experts, innovators and business developers. This was the sixth annual conference, and I was impressed by the fact that over the years the IoT has become more than a vision and it is today considered as a real market.

 

I was invited to present in the Industry track my view about IoT wearable technology. I presented there the work done in the frame of WELCOME project and took the opportunity to introduce the audience to the e-textile concept, to present the concept of our project, and to show some of our preliminary outcomes. I shared the floor with other speakers, and we also discussed about the future Internet of Things in a final round table.

 

I shared my session with Thomas Kallstenius (iMinds), who focused the presentation on security and ethical issues for IoT applications; with Francisco Maroto (OIS Consulting) who discussed the experience of customers and workers;  and with Antonio Iara (HOP Ubiquitous) who gave an overview of the IoT approach and his experience as founder of a company specialized in IoT products.

 

The discussion during the round table was moderated by Professor Pedro José Marrón from the University of Duisburg-Essen ( Institute of Computer Science and Business Information Systems, ICB) and there we shared our vision of the future and compared our different experiences”.

 

IoT Week originated in the IoT European Research Cluster (IERC) and has become the pre-eminent event attracting industry and academia from around the world. Since 2014 the IoT Week is organized by the IoT Forum, jointly with a local host chosen by the members of the IoT Forum. Building on the successes of London, Helsinki, Venice and Barcelona, the IoT Week continues the journey, bringing focus to the emerging opportunities; connecting the global business and research communities innovating at the boundaries of IoT; promoting international collaboration and addressing societal and market issues. Portugal was well positioned in respect to the Internet-of-Things. Notably, the global Vodafone M2M middleware platform is being developed in Portugal (Lisbon) and also the Bosch M2M&IoT solutions are developed in Portugal (Aveiro). The major Portuguese telecoms like Portugal Telecom and ZON Optimus are now strongly pushing their M2M&IoT business areas. Many champion SMEs are developing solutions and making business in IoT. And also, key cities like Porto and Lisbon are building their smart-city strategies based on IoT technologies and data.

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WELCOME Face-2-Face Technical Meeting
24/07/2015

A face-to-face technical meeting took place on July 20th-21st, at Thessaloniki, Greece. The meeting was focused on the progress and future steps of WELCOME’s technical activities for the current period (M19-M24). More specifically these concern the work taking place in WP3-7, having as main milestones the finalization of WELCOME’s system design, the development of system components and the creation of the project’s first integrated prototype. 

 

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WELCOME Plenary Meeting at Coimbra
12/10/2015

A plenary meeting took place on October 7th-8th at Coimbra, Portugal. As the project approaches the end of the 2nd year of its life, the meeting was mainly focused on the technical activities that are taking place as well as on the preparation of Year 3, where the WELCOME prototype will be released and the clinical validations will begin. The hard work and the dedication of the WELCOME partners were confirmed, creating high-expectation of on the results in the near future. 

 

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WELCOME became 2 years old!
02/11/2015

WELCOME project became 2 years old! During the second year of its life the project consortium worked towards the production of system components and the creation of the first integrated protoype. The developments are on-going targeting the first clinical validation studies that will start at the beginning of 2016. The project partners are fully dedicated to accomplish WELCOME's vision and objectives. Producing excellent results at the end of the project is the best motivation to continue working even harder towards the future.  

WELCOME presentations at two international conferences in Greece
24/06/2016

In June 2016 the University of Thessaloniki and their colleagues presented at two large conferences (one national and one international) in Greece to raise awareness of the work being undertaken by the WELCOME Project.

On 25th June the university presented a paper titled “Design of a Medical DSS for the research project WELCOME for remote monitoring of COPD patients” at the 25th National Pulmonology Congress of Greece.  The presentation described the WELCOME decision support system and how data is processed and analysed to detect possible ongoing exacerbations for COPD sufferers.  The event was attended by 1000 medical doctors and representatives from pharmaceutical companies.

Between 22nd and 24 June the university presented a paper titled "Integrated care systems for asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients" at the 11th annual MIBES (Management of Innovative Business, Education & Support systems) congress, held at Heraklion, Crete, Greece.  The presentation mainly described the design and functionality of the WELCOME system.  The audience was mixed with Greek and foreign researchers and professors in the fields of medicine and business/health management.

Both presentations were well received!!

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Evangelos Kaimakamis from University of Thessaloniki presenting WELCOME at the 25th National Pulmonology Congress of Greece in June 2016

WELCOME makes EIT breakthrough
22/07/2016

During July 2016 CSEM made a real breakthrough by confirming the EIT (Electrical Impedance Tomography) functionality of the WELCOME sensors.  The EIT functionally is one of the most innovative aspects of the WELCOME vest relaying real time images of a patient’s lungs.  

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Sensors mounted on a water tank recording EIT signals from a bottle and the recorded images of the bottle moving clockwise through the water – pictures provided by CSEM

 

A second breakthrough was also achieved during July 2016 when CSEM recorded and reconstructed the first EIT images from sensors attached to the WELCOME vest. The time lapse sequence below shows reconstructed EIT images of the thorax during one respiration cycle.  The blue colour indicates regions with low conductivity change and the red colour indicates regions with high conductivity change.

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Time lap sequence of the EIT reconstructed images – picture provided by CSEM

 

The sensors were arranged as depicted in the pictures below. The images were reconstructed from signals generated by the sensors A – R (i.e. all sensors except S, T, U, V).

Positioning Of Sensors

Positioning of sensors which recoded and reconstructed the EIT images 

 

These are really big advances as the project moves towards delivering validation studies to prove that the system works.

Plenary Meeting in Pisa
25/03/2016

On March 22nd-23rd, the plenary meeting of WELCOME project took place, in Pisa, ltaly. The meeting was focused on the progress of the project and mainly on the latest developments and the organization of the upcoming trials. 

 

Preliminary studies for WELCOME
24/08/2016

The first sensor and vest prototypes were delivered to clinical partners at Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU), Kiel, where a validation study of the sensor vest on 50 healthy subjects is going to take place. A team of clinicians from CAU and engineers from Kristronics and the Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) installed the sensor system (consisting of 21 sensors) for the first time outside the development lab. Clinicians have positively acknowledged the first results, in particular the novel EIT functionality and the winning look of the vest. While the system worked as expected, the involved partners are giving a final polish to their system components until the beginning of the validation study at CAU.

WELCOME in HL7 Newsletter
22/09/2016

Work performed in the context of WELCOME project and more specifically in data management and processing was presented in the HL7 Newsletter of September 2016. More spefically WELCOME is used an example of how to apply HL7 FIHR in telehealth systems. Furthermore a corresponding journal article is being prepared and it is going to be published soon. 

WELCOME HL7 Newsletter

WELCOME in eHealthForum 2016
26/10/2016

Assistant Professor Ioanna Chouvarda gave a speech regarding WELCOME and its approach with the title: "New generation connected health and Integrated care systems. The WELCOME approach" at the eHealthForum2016, took place in Athens on October 25th-26th, 2016. The presentation is available at the WELCOME TV section of the home page, as well as by clicking here

WELCOME vest sensors ready for the pilots!
10/01/2017

Heading towards the beginning of the pilots the WELCOME the 20 sets of sensors are ready to be dispached to the first pilot site (Thessaloniki, Greece). 

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Consortium

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
http://www.uni-kiel.de

Universidade de Coimbra
http://www.uc.pt

Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein
http://www.uksh.de/

EXUS
http://www.exus.co.uk

CSEM Centre Suisse d’Électronique et de Microtechnique SA
http://www.csem.ch

Inventya Ltd
http://www.inventya.com

Ciro+ B.V.
http://www.ciro-horn.nl

Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland
http://www.rcsi.ie

Smartex S.R.L.
http://www.smartex.it

Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust
http://www.croydonhealthservices.nhs.uk

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
http://www.auth.gr

Kingston University Higher Education Corporation
http://www.kingston.ac.uk

Kristronics GmbH
http://www.kristronics.de
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