Automated medical care at home (cancer and Alzheimer’s disease)
Partners in the project
Selected for funding under the 12th round of the French government’s FUI (Fonds Unique Interministériel) programme, the PICADo project was officially launched on 25 April 2012, for 36 months. The project brings together Altran, Bluelinea, Voluntis, Axon’, FSI, the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), INSERM Research Unit 776, the University of Technology of Troyes (UTT) and MADoPA.
A pioneering project to change the scale of automated medical care at home
The aim of the PICADo project is to design, produce and validate the first operational multi-pathology (cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes) medical-care-at-home system. The concept of automated medical care at home, or “Domo-medicine”, was proposed by France’s Academy of Technologies in 2008 (Lévi & Saguez, 2008) and is defined as the set of sometimes complex medical treatments and care given in the patient’s home or during the patient’s social and working activities, aimed at enabling the patient to continue living at home or working. This new kind of care provision requires the use of technologies to ensure a/ comprehensive remote monitoring of the patient and b/ proper coordination between all parties involved in the care and treatment of the patient, including hospital staff, general practitioners, district nurses, pharmacists, possibly paramedical staff, and the patient’s family and friends. A participatory approach to design and evaluation has been adopted in order to establish a precise framework for the integration of new technologies and procedures relating to medical follow-up, the treatment and care of patients at home or living independently, communication, intermediation and the storage of data. The targeted outcome is to deliver a new fully-functioning multi-player and multi-pathology healthcare system centred on the patient and his or her doctor.
Working in collaboration with the UTT, MADoPA is contributing to evaluation of acceptance and use of the system.