Nowadays, no patient is like the other. They differ in age, mother tongue, mental capacities, and also in their medical and disease-specific experience. In diagnosis and therapy doctors have to take these differences into consideration and to provide medical information in a comprehensible way. In fact, they are mostly lacking the time to keep their patients properly informed, and also the information provided by the patients in many cases is ambiguous. A medical patient profile can solve these problems.
Therefore, Fraunhofer IGD and its partner are developing a medical patient terminal, MepaTerm. Research work is based on the human-machine-interface, the focus being on visualization and interaction via a stationary medical terminal and mobile systems for capturing activity and vital data.
The project MepaTerm aims at creating an automated, patient-centered capture, storage and personalized provision of individual medical data without additional load for doctors and medical personnel. Mobile sensors worn on the body, like e. g. smartwatches, capture all necessary patient data. Out of these an individual profile can be generated which also includes patterns of activity and sleep as well as the resting heart rate at night and the respiratory rate. In combination with adequate therapy advice this profile shall increase the patients’ health awareness. During the whole process patients keep their individual data completely under their control.