We are excited to share with you the second newsletter of the ICU4Covid project. It presents the inputs and outputs of the project as well as where the project vision is headed.
The impact of ICU4COIVD: Challenges and future insights
Prof. Ricardo Jardin-Gonçalves
CU4Covid delivers intensive care medicine fit for the fight against COVID-19 to the EU citizen and the health workforce rapidly and at scale, by clinically validating and deploying the Cyber-Physical-system for Tele- and Intensive Care Medicine (CPS4TIC).
ICU4Covid is a Cyber-Physical System for Telemedicine and Intensive Care (CPS4TIC), a medical solution for well respond to COVID-19 further outbreaks or similar infectious diseases. The CPS4TIC consists of a telemedicine cockpit, a connector platform, and smart hubs. The hub continuous real-time tele-monitoring and smart care environment. The CPS4TIC is shaped for delivery of the level of treatment that is needed for the individual patient in an effective, economic, and efficient manner. By integrated use of telemedicine, the time gain for diagnosis and treatment are significant. Thus, resources can be used more efficiently, and staff exposure will be further diminished.
With CPS4TIC, the doctors in a center core hospital can see and hear both the colleagues and patients in other areas of the same hospital or in connected hospitals, e.g., peripheral hospital or health center. Moreover, beside seeing the patient, a connector platform allows the connection to the patient data management system in the hub network connected hospitals. This enables the health workers to overview all relevant data, such as vital data, lab data, microbiology, radiology, and data from the electronic health record (EHR).
ICU4Covid deploys and test the CPS4TIC at large-scale in 10 ICU Hubs in Europe. Each ICU hub operates telemedicine, continuous real-time tele-monitoring and a bedside smart care environment. The bedside smart care environment reduces the risk of infection for the health workforce significantly both for the central and peripheral hospitals.
ICU4Covid enables access to the recommended coverage of intensive care, real-time tele-monitoring and bedside smart care environment. It delivers a Personal health solution, throughout a personalized diagnostics and clinical management of COVID-19 patients that are clinically entering a critical stage for a high number of cases. Hence, a SAFE health setting is implemented, protecting from further spreading of the disease among the healthcare workforce and the patients.
ICU4Covid is Inclusive, reducing the distance as a barrier between patients and physicians. With CPS4TIC the transport of patients can be minimized, while patient real-time monitoring is assured. It takes the Societal dimension as the basis to respond to the Citizens needs through a Social Sciences and Humanities Framework for ICU Hubs. To assure sustainability and long-term success of the implemented Cyber-Physical System for Telemedicine and Intensive Care (CPS4TIC), ICU4Covid put in place co-creation environments in each ICU Hub, engaging the stakeholders affected by the implementation to assure that solutions are attuned to the different expectations, knowledges and needs.
Furthermore the results of ICU4Covid project were presented at the Digital Transformation Summit (https://summit.digit-madeira.pt) meeting that took place in Madeira, 25-27, October, 2022 and with the support of the Madeira government. The Summit involved many participants from various fields in industry, government, and academia as well as from the European Commission. This was a wonderful and important opportunity to share the success of the ICU4Covid project and create significant impact.
ICU4Covid grants excellence in medical treatment to Everyone, Everywhere, Any time.