The aim of this project is to introduce a smart mHealth application based on the augmented reality (AR)-paradigm that can support patients with common problems, related to management of their medication. This smart mHealth application is designed and implemented as a medication coach intelligent agent, called Medication Coach Intelligent Agent (MCIA). The MCIA has to manage different types of information such as the medication plan (medication regime) of the patients, medication restrictions, as well as the patient's preferences and sensor input data from an AR-headset.

A proof-of-concept prototype of the MCIA has been implemented. In this proof-of concept  prototype, the MCIA has been embodied as a smart augmented reality (AR)-mHealth application in the settings of a Microsoft HoloLens.

Umeå University eHealth research is distributed across faculties and is conducted in collaboration with organisations in society. UMeHealth is the common platform for knowledge sharing, dissemination and collaboration in research on future digitized healthcare.

UMeHealth website in English

UMeHälsa på Svenska

Denna rapport är en sammanfattning av det projektarbete som har genomförts tillsammans med Norrlands Universitetssjukhus under kursen Ingenjörens roll i arbetslivet. Uppdraget för projektet har varit att återskapa 9-Hole Peg Test i Microsoft HoloLens, vilket bl.a. innefattat informationsinsamling, applikations-byggnad och användartest. 9-Hole Peg Test är ett finmotoriskt test som går ut på att flytta nio peggar från en behållare till nio hål på ett bräde och sedan tillbaka. Testet används av bland annat stroke-patienter för att mäta skillnader mellan vänster- respektive höger hand. Slutprodukten blev en version av testet med sfäriska föremål som förflyttas istället för cylindriska peggar. Den digitala versionen av testet har potential till att effektivisera testet, göra det mer mobilt och skapa bättre underlag för analys och påvisning av progression.

This text has been originally released in the following report: 9-Holo Test

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The main theme of the course is theories, methods and technologies for the development of future intelligent interactive environments where humans and proactive, reactive, autonomous and social software agents communicate and cooperate to reach goals. Sometimes the software agents are embedded in robotic systems or in other artefacts/materials in the physical environment. The student will acquire knowledge about main research themes and experimental practices in the field of intelligent interactive environments as well as develop her/his skills in constructing and evaluating intelligent interactive environments. Different paradigms will be introduced and discussed, primarily from an interaction and design perspective such as ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, intelligent and adaptive user interfaces, tangible interfaces, persuasive technology, decision-support systems, Internet of Things and people, smart homes, semi-autonomous systems, social norms and agent societies.

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All companies selling products in the European market must be able to demonstrate that their products comply with applicable EU requirements and thus the law applicable in the EU country where the product is to be sold. The CE marking of a product is a notice from the manufacturer to the authorities that their product meets the requirements imposed on it by applicable EU directives. As an example, in the field of healthcare, technologically advanced products are being used today, and development is progressing rapidly, with innovative technological solutions playing a crucial role in future health care, while at the same time not sacrificing the security that surrounds this kind of product.

The course provides a better overall picture of the basics of CE marking as well as increased knowledge of product liability and product safety. The course also provides insight into a product area with the requirements for medical devices used for diagnostics and therapy in the healthcare sector.

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Inom ramen för Umeå universitets satsning på en forskningsmiljö för eHälsa och inrättandet av ett kompetenscentrum för telemedicin i samarbete med VLL, Vasa universitet och EPTEK i Seinäjoki, Finland, hålls en workshop för att demonstrera aktuell eHälsaforskning. Deltagare får prova nya eHälsainnovationer för till exempel fallprevention hos äldre och beslutsstöd för demensdiagnostik, detta genom teknologi för distansmöten. Deltagande på distans kommer att möjliggöras från andra platser i länet för personer som inte är i Umeå, bland annat Storumans sjukstuga. Därför vill vi gärna veta i god tid vilka deltagare som vill delta på distans.
Plats: NTC telemedicinska labb i VLL administrative byggnad. Andra lokaler: Kreativa rummet i Storuman och Interaktionslabbet på plan 4 i MIT-huset.

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The course will give an overview of the foundations of eHealth and Medical Informatics including research methodologies. The purpose of the course is to provide the doctoral student the opportunity to apply new knowledge in theme discussions and explore, partly hands-on, the potentials in developing and applying digital tools, which are relevant to the doctoral student ́s research topic. The following themes are included: ICT-based interventions; design and development of ”behaviour change systems” and decision-support systems; the professional’s perspective: change of work practices when introducing new digital tools; and the citizen’s perspective on digital aids for health, e.g., ethics, equality, equity, autonomy, self-management.

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The course is given by Medtech4Health and aims to increase knowledge about the innovation and entrepreneurship process to facilitate collaboration and provide better conditions for more innovation projects to be achieved. The course includes the whole process of identifying a problem area in healthcare that can potentially be solved through a technologically based innovative idea which, in turn, can lead to a commercialized medical device product - in short, an innovation.

MoLab™ is a system developed for evaluating body movements in clinic or at workplace. The system gives feedback about the movement patterns of a person with muscular or skeletal disorders. Standardized measurement protocols can be designed and customized individually within the system. The system is easy to use, with the clear instructions and with a feature that enables automatic installation of software updates.

This high-resolution video conferencing system can be used for connecting with remote sites and gives a nearly full sized picture of the person at the peer end. The cameras are also controlled by the sound in the room and focus on the talking person in real-time.

A movable medical computer with touch screen that can be used for taking pictures (for instance using an otoscope or handheld dermatoscope). The same computer can also be used for adding information directly into the digital medical record.

A roof-mounted HD camera that lets a physician or other medical staff to come up close to the patient without having to be in the same room as the patient. The high zoom ability of the camera makes it possible to zoom in a certain area of the person without being close to the patient. It ca also be used during training sessions when a more experienced physician guide medical personal from distance.

A mobile solution for visualization of both pigmented and vascular structures. The solution includes a magnetic adapter that keeps the optics on place. The lens also includes 28 high-powered LEDs that can be adjusted for optimal illumination of the skin. The digital image can then be sent to the hospital’s medical record system.

Remote consultant is a system for remote real-time auscultation. It was developed in-house at the research and development unit at the department of biomedical engineering in Västerbotten County Council.

The system utilizes two digital stethoscopes from Littmann and a custom built streaming solution. The reason for using an actual stethoscope also for the doctor in the receiving end was to make sure that the sound would be experienced in exactly the same way as if the patient had been in the same room. Listening to the sound through headphones does not give the same sensation.

In Slussfors the system has been used to listen to heart and lung sounds of scheduled patients visiting the virtual health room. In these situations the doctor has been 60 kilometers away, in Storuman cottage hospital. An assistant nurse from the community home care has been present in the virtual health room to hold the stethoscope and assist in the examination.

The system is supposed to be used in combination with a videoconferencing system to enable visual feedback.

The physical node in Umeå is divided into two separate, but connected sites, that can be used for exploring and testing best practises and solutions within the area of telemedicine both in health care and in home environment. The information is aimed at different target groups using telemedicine and e-health solutions. Among the usual visitors are health care professionals, companies, researchers, students, and senior citizens with their family members and/or caretakers.

The purpose KINESIS is to investigate the role of biomechanical body variables on energy consumption and speed outcome in double poling (DP) cross-country skiers using an artificial intelligence approach. 

The Balansera application was developed with the purpose of increasing levels of participation and motivation to exercise in older adults.The target group was mainly people living at home able and willing to train strength and balance.

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