Hospital at Home

 
 
 
Study of ways to nurse accutely ill elderly medical patients at home

Background

The pressure on Danish hospital beds grows as the number of older people increases and the number of beds available goes down. Concurrently, it may seem inexpedient to admit a number of older medical patients to hospital as this can reduce their abilities to fight infections or muscle function losses, which may weaken them further. However, recent years have seen new technology products that may pave the way for more elderly patients being hospitalized in their own homes.

 

In the project "Hospital Own Home", which is led by the Geriatric Department of Odense University Hospital in close cooperation with Odense Municipality and several private companies, Patient@home is focusing on opportunities as well as the above challenges.

 

The project focuses specifically on senior citizens who are often hospitalized several times because of diseases such as lung and bladder infections. Out of 75 patients, who have been approved to participate in the project in accordance with specific guidelines, 45 will be admitted to Odense University Hospital in the traditional way. The other 30 patients will be treated in their own homes after being attended to by the hospital's emergency department. All patients will participate in the project at his/her own request.

 

Starting Point and Goal

The project is based on studies and determination of the conditions and technologies that must be available and applicable to ensure a proper treatment of the patient in his/her own home. Thus, a requirements specification for the types of technologies needed will be prepared by health professionals from Odense University Hospital and Odense Municipality at the start of the project.

 

Identifying opportunities in terms of care of acutely sick elderly patients in their own homes rather than in a hospital will have special attention in this project. Researchers from Odense University Hospital will examine, among other aspects, whether technological solutions, such as telemedicine and monitoring equipment, may support treatment in own home, and if technical equipment can keep up contact with the outside world irrespective of the visits of the homecare workers.

 

Based on the requirements specification, the goal here is to identify existing and approved health technologies that can support and alleviate hospitalization in own home.

 

The project is also expected to lead to the development of new technologies where seen necessary in the light of specific needs and results. At the end of the project patients, family and staff members will evaluate the acquired experience. The project's economic potential will be assessed at the same time.

 

The project is implemented in close cooperation with private companies in the partnercircle of Patient@home.

 
Contact Person

Anette  Tanderup

Doctor, PhD student


Odense Universitetshospital, Geriatrisk Afdeling

Email:  LOADEMAIL[Anette.Tanderup]DOMAIN[rsyd.dk]

Tel:      65414601

Contact PersonConny 
                Heidtmann

Conny  Heidtmann

Project Manager,Nurse, Candidate in Health Sciences


Innovationsnetværket RoboCluster

Email:  LOADEMAIL[cohe]DOMAIN[mmmi.sdu.dk]

Tel:      +45 2058 5132

Partners

Odense Universitetshospital, Geriatrisk Afdeling

Anette  Tanderup

Email:  LOADEMAIL[Anette.Tanderup]DOMAIN[rsyd.dk]

Tel:      65414601

Web:   http://www.ouh.dk

Innovationsnetværket RoboCluster

Conny  Heidtmann

Email:  LOADEMAIL[cohe]DOMAIN[mmmi.sdu.dk]

Tel:      +45 2058 5132

Web:   http://www.robocluster.dk

Access Technology ApS

Thomas   Ginnerup Kristensen

Email:  LOADEMAIL[tgk]DOMAIN[acct.dk]

Tel:      +45 2533 2565

Web:   http://www.acct.dk

NETomsorg

Henrik  Klode

Email:  LOADEMAIL[hk]DOMAIN[netomsorg.dk]

Tel:      +45 2076 1943

Web:   http://www.netomsorg.dk

Systematic

Claus Kj.  Andersen

Email:  LOADEMAIL[claus.kjaergaard.andersen]DOMAIN[systematic.com]

Tel:      +45 4056 3563

Web:   http://www.systematic.com

YesGroup

Michael   Jensen

Email:  LOADEMAIL[michael]DOMAIN[10plus10.dk]

Tel:      +45 2371 3400

Web:   http://www.yesgroup.eu

Odense Kommune, Implementering og Udvikling v/Ældre- og Handicapforvaltningen

Martin  Nitze

Email:  LOADEMAIL[manit]DOMAIN[odense.dk]

Tel:      +45 5177 7408

Web:   http://www.odense.dk/om%20kommunen/forvaltninger/aeldre%20og%20handicapforvaltningen/virksom%20viden

Region Syddanmark, Syddansk Sundhedsinnovation

Caroline  Strudwick

Email:  LOADEMAIL[Caroline.Strudwick]DOMAIN[rsyd.dk]

Tel:      +45 4024 7587

Web:   http://www.syddansksundhedsinnovation.dk/

Odense Universitetshospital, Afdelingen for Kvalitet og Forskning/MTV

Kristian  Kidholm

Email:  LOADEMAIL[kristian.kidholm]DOMAIN[rsyd.dk]

Tel:      +45 3058 6477

Web:   http://www.ouh.dk

Syddansk Universitet, Center for Anvendt Sundhedstjenesteforskning og Teknologivurdering

Anne  Lee

Email:  LOADEMAIL[ale]DOMAIN[cast.sdu.dk]

Tel:      +45 5650 3086

Web:   http://www.sdu.dk/om_sdu/institutter_centre/ccohere