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The project “Take-A-Breath” aims to design, research and development of an innovative system of personalized monitoring services for respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma) that takes into account cutting-edge clinical research and the emergence of new bio-indicators, with innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), such as gamification techniques. Specifically, it enables the guidance of patients to manage their own health, by providing user-friendly tools and applications to raise awareness to patients regarding the clinical implications of their status and to monitor their adherence to treatment and medication plan. In particular, the work focuses on clinical research of new biomarkers associated with respiratory diseases, by examining a wide range of behavioral, environmental, and psychosocial parameters. In addition, the project adopts and develops an ambitious and innovative approach to monitor the use of inhaled respiratory medicine, combined with training procedures, through a holistic approach to self-management, medical assistance and self-improvement.
On this basis, a bio-surveillance network with capacity to adapt to any drug inhalation device will be developed using non-intrusive sensors. Moreover, an ICT system will be developed capable of:
  • collecting a wide range of respiratory data that are crucial for patients’ health evolution
  • training patients for the proper use of the inhaler devices, through innovative methods based on signal processing and computational vision, along with augmented reality techniques and gamification mechanisms, as well as through the integration of virtual characters and interactive narratives
  • providing guidelines and advice to the patient when required, by using a communication and decision-making support system through appropriate interventions (receiving medical assis-tance, self-management of exacerbations).