January 28, 2015


Do Cardiac Health Advanced New Generation Ecosystem

The primary goal of the Do CHANGE project is to develop a health ecosystem for integrated disease management for hypertensive and cardiac patients. This ground breaking system – which will be adaptable for other health and social issues – will give people access to a set of personalised health services that directly respond to a range of measurements and situations. It integrates the latest behaviour change techniques with inputs from new portable tools that scan food and fluid intake, monitor behaviours and measure clinical parameters in normal living situations.

End-to-end trust assurance
The focus of the Do CHANGE project is on empowering individuals with tools and services that optimally monitor and manage their real-time condition. Patients will therefore become stakeholders in their own health and disease management. All data from the hospital, the general practitioner, the social care worker, measurements at home and behavioural tasks will go into a Distributed Data Store (DDS). The notion of the DDS is: Data goes to the individual, who will not own this data but will give access to others for usage. Every data field has its own security. The ecosystem will be driven by policies, including default policies, but the patient can alter them. Trust, security and privacy are all integrated by design. As a result there is end-to-end trust assurance.

Behavioural change
A key advantage of the Do CHANGE approach is that it dynamically integrates behaviour change with the gathering of real-time nutritional and other sensor data, physiological and symptomatic patient data, and healthcare professionals inputs. The patient is facilitated to achieve a greater degree of self-management of his condition. The ecosystem is multimodal, on the spot and efficient. The use of behavioural prompts (called Do’s) puts an emphasis on actionable feedback given in a timely manner which will bring about changes to improve lifestyle and other habits that contribute to poor outcomes.

Do instead of tell
From a behavioural science perspective Do CHANGE takes a new approach to treatment from the normal emphasis in current medical practices based of telling, educating or information transfer. Such approaches often fail to bring about the necessary changes. This is because of the power of everyday habits and dissociation of cognitive and behavioural brain mechanisms. The Do CHANGE approach will implement Do Something Different habit breaking techniques with innovative mHealth tools.

Project Facts
Start: 1 February 2015
End: 31 July 2018
Funding EU: 4,6 milion
Funding Taiwan: 1 milion