The project was funded under the INTERREG III A, the Cross-Border Cooperation Program "Greece-Cyprus" and lasted 24 months (2007-2008).
The objective of this research project was the development of telemedicine infrastructure, in order to support the chronic patients who live at their home with ventilatory support.
This infrastructure was designed to give potential to the intensivists of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Nicosia General Hospital to monitor the vital parameters of patients, while patients would stay at the comfort of their house.
Bearing in mind that these patients rely on a ventilator, which provides them mechanical breathing support (one of the fundamental biological processes), some functions, that are standardized in other telemedicine infrastructures, differentiated in this case. The technical infrastructure was designed and was implemented in such a way that does not interfere with daily activities of the patients. Moreover, it ensured the correct use of infrastructure by the patient's attendant and/or his relatives.
The technology used monitors the biological signals of the patients with the method "single shot data capture" and stores them in medical archives for each patient, in a secure database. The medical archives are accessible to intensivists (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), who are able to study these archives at any time, by using the standard web browser engines. During this project the process of teleconferencing was introduced, which was related to the real time interaction between patients and intensivists in real time. Videoconferencing with home-ventilated patients is an almost unknown issue and it would be very interesting if a study was conducted about the impact that would have on the quality of home health services.
"Skylitsion" General Hospital of Chios was the head of the collaboration network and the collaborating institutions were the Intensive Care Unit, the NCSR ("Demokritos", National Center for Scientific Research) and the Municipality of Amani at Chios.