The Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf presents the results of the PICASO project proof of concept study on the EULAR 2020 E-Congress, 3rd to 6th of June 2020.
The publication “PICASO – The platform for improved personal and coordinated care of chronically ill – six months results from a proof-of-concept study” presents the performance of the PICASO solution in the clinical environment.
The abstract will be published in the electronic “Abstract Book” of the congress, which is an official supplement to the “Annals of Rheumatic Diseases ARD”.
Most established health care systems focus their effort on the treatment of single chronic conditions. They gather specialists involved in the treatment of this condition and focus on health and action plans that are centred on the treatment of this condition. In the case of a single chronic disease, this strategy provides a knowledgeable network of specialist applying state of the art treatment with good communication and overall coordination. But if a person has more than one chronic diseases this approach has limitations. Information exchange and coordination between different health care teams are sometimes inefficient.
The PICASO project aims to optimise the management of multiple treatment plans through harmonisation of treatment plans for patients with multiple co-morbidities. The Policlinic of Rheumatology & Hiller Research Unit at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf (UDUS), which provides patient care and conducts research regarding inflammatory rheumatic diseases, executed clinical trials in Germany involving patients with rheumatoid arthritis and related comorbidities. On 6th February 2019, UDUS organised a Workshop and presented the PICASO solution to optimise the management of multiple treatment plans. Participants were able to learn about the PICASO solution and join a discussion about the management of multi-morbidities.
CNet presented in Cooperation with the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and the University Clinic Düsseldorf and Fraunhofer the clinician and patient dashboard of PICASO at the 46th DGRh – German Society for Rheumatology Congress on 19th to 22nd September 2018 in Mannheim.
Attending Rheumatologists could learn about the details of the PICASO solution and test the prototypes. The attending audience mostly appreciated the value of the applications to improve the integrated care of patients and the mobile solutions to monitor and provide a complete health status overview of the patient. As integrated care is still in its infancy, a lively exchange with clinicians regarding the usability and applicability of the solutions happened during the Congress. Issues discussed were suggestions for additional features and improvements, as well as challenges with increasing amounts of available patient information. IT-platforms like PICASO can serve as valuable clinical decision support to minimise the effort to asses all available information about a patient.
We have now made the LinkWatch Observation Server available through a REST API. eHealth developers can now retrieve streams of observations and display them in different, easy to understand diagrams to both clinicians and to patients. It can be used both for traditional patient and clinician portals, as well as for smart phone app developments. LinkWatch Medical Device Gateways for PC, tablets and smart phones, LinkWatch Health Plugins and the LinkWatch Observation Server forms the LinkWatch Remote Care Platform that can easily be customized for different care scenarios and organisations.
LinkWatch Observation Server is an ehealth software that can receive medical observations from medical devices, process them and store them in database. In addition to the stand-alone SQL Server based solution we are now also offering it as a cloud service through the Microsoft Azure IoT Cloud. This relieves care organisations from having to manage and update such a complex system themselves, new devices and formats are constantly being added to the Remote Patient Monitoring market.
The LinkWatch Observation Server supports Continua, HL7, IEEE11073, IHE-PCD021 formats and can process observations encoded using these standards but also industry formats like openmHealth. The LinkWatch Observation Server also provides an REST-based API for developers that needs to retrieve observation streams (in standard formats) and incorporate them into patient and clinician portals.
The LinkWatch Observation Server can be used as a stand-alone component or cloud service, and it can also be used with the different LinkWatch Gateways for PC, tablet and smart phones and the LinkWatch Plugins to provide a complete Remote Patient Monitoring Platform.