What did we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic regarding the use of digital technology in healthcare?

Come and participate on August 29-30 at the international conference on “Digital Health Beyond Covid-19: Lessons Learned” at Aalborg University (AAU) in Copenhagen.

The final program is now complete and available here.

You can register for the conference here no later than August 8.

There will be more than 40 exciting presentations from over 10 different countries. The conference is organized by the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN), International Society of Telemedicine & eHealth and AAU. Thanks to the Novo Nordisk Foundation for supporting the conference.

We hope to see you at the conference.

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Visit from Japan

Today Laboratory for Welfare Technology – Digital Health & Rehabilitation, AAU and JD TeleTech had visitors: Anne-Marie Thoft, Invest in Denmark; Masaki Teraoka, the Royal Danish Embassy in Tokyo and Akihiro Sakurai, KMD (DNP), Yusuke Matsuura, DNP; Mika Yasuoka-Jensen, RUC; Mao Uchida Japannordic and team.

We discussed the new digitalization strategi in Denmark within digital health and research collaboration possibilities within digital health between Denmark and Japan.

So nice to be able to meet in persons again.

Phd Summer School Cleveland August 2022

Transatlantic Telemonitoring Research Network (TTRN) presents a PhD Summer Course:

Digital Healthcare and Data Science: Moving Toward Innovative Healthcare Solutions

Venue: Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA
Date: Aug. 11-12, 2022

Aims

  1. To provide a comprehensive introduction to “big data” research methods used in digital healthcare technologies aimed at providing “service” and “engagement” value to end users
  2. To present innovative ways that digital solutions and technologies can incorporate big data and artificial intelligence to move heath care structures, systems and processes forward. During the course, students will examine possibilities by describing and discussing the methods they plan to use in their PhD dissertation project
  3. To increase the sphere of international influence of PhD students by networking with other PhD students and early, mid and late career academic and clinical scientists and clinicians.

Program and Registration

For further information please follow this link and/or download flyer here.

New publication on the use of video games for cardiac rehabilitation

The Potential Application of Commercially Available Active Video Games to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Background

Commercially available active video games (AVGs) have recently been used for rehabilitation in some specific patient populations but rarely in those with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Commercially available AVGs are designed to increase motivation for continuous play, which could be applicable to the long-term cardiac rehabilitation process.

Objective

To assess the effectiveness of AVG-induced physical exercise, safety management, and patient adherence by applying commercially available AVGs to cardiac rehabilitation.

Methods

Scoping review

Results

Among 120 nonduplicate articles reviewed, 5 (4.2%) were eligible for inclusion, of which 3 (2.5%) were reported by the same research group. The AVG consoles used were Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii, and sports-related programs were adopted for the intervention. No adverse cardiac events occurred in the identified studies, and dropout rates tended to be low.

Conclusions

AVGs appear to be safe and feasible for promoting an active lifestyle in patients with CVD. However, the effectiveness of AVGs alone as a therapeutic exercise to improve physical function may be limited.

Link to publication

International conference: Digital Health Beyond Covid-19: Lessons Learned, August 29-30, 2022

TTRN-CPH2022, International conference: Digital Health Beyond Covid-19 - Lessons Learned; Copenhagen August 29-30, 2022

Aims of conference

  • To present and share experiences on research on implementation of the newest digital health technologies and services in the healthcare sector during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • To identify, communicate and compare lessons learned on digital health beyond COVID-19
  • To identify knowledge gaps and challenges for further research within digital health beyond the pandemic
  • To identify potential opportunities for exchange of knowledge and research collaboration in the field of digital health
  • To provide younger researchers within digital health the opportunity to present their work to a broad range of international scholars and colleagues

Follow this link for further information on program, invitation & call for abstract and posters, grants for younger researchers and more…

Note: Deadline for submission of abstracts has been postponed to May 15.

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New publication on portals for tele-rehabilitation

Morimoto Y, Takahashi T, Sawa R, Saitoh M, Morisawa T, Kagiyama N, Kasai T, Dinesen B, Hollingdal M, Refsgaard J, Daida H
Web Portals for Patients With Chronic Diseases: Scoping Review of the Functional Features and Theoretical Frameworks of Telerehabilitation Platforms
J Med Internet Res 2022;24(1):e27759
doi: 10.2196/27759PMID: 35084355

Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has required an increased need for rehabilitation activities applicable to patients with chronic diseases. Telerehabilitation has several advantages, including reducing clinic visits by patients vulnerable to infectious diseases. Digital platforms are often used to assist rehabilitation services for patients in remote settings. Although web portals for medical use have existed for years, the technology in telerehabilitation remains a novel method.

Objective: This scoping review investigated the functional features and theoretical approaches of web portals developed for telerehabilitation in patients with chronic diseases.

Methods: PubMed and Web of Science were reviewed to identify articles associated with telerehabilitation. Of the 477 nonduplicate articles reviewed, 35 involving 14 portals were retrieved for the scoping review. The functional features, targeted diseases, and theoretical approaches of these portals were studied.

Results: The 14 portals targeted patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis diseases, and stroke and breast cancer survivors. Monitoring/data tracking and communication functions were the most common, followed by exercise instructions and diary/self-report features. Several theoretical approaches, behavior change techniques, and motivational techniques were found to be utilized.

Conclusions: The web portals could unify and display multiple types of data and effectively provide various types of information. Asynchronous correspondence was more favorable than synchronous, real-time interactions. Data acquisition often required assistance from other digital tools. Various functions with patient-centered principles, behavior change strategies, and motivational techniques were observed for better support shifting to a healthier lifestyle. These findings suggested that web portals for telerehabilitation not only provided entrance into rehabilitation programs but also reinforced participant-centered treatment, adherence to rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes over time.

Invitation to webinar, Dec. 16th: “New Horizons for Digital Health…”

Invitation to webinar:

New Horizons for Digital Health & Future Technologies

How can Japanese and Asian companies and researchers benefit from the Nordic frontrunners

Time: December 16, 2021 at 10.00 am – 11.30 am (CET) / 18.00 – 19.30 (JST).

The aim of the webinar is to facilitate cooperation between Japan and Denmark within Digital Health.

See the program here. It is free to participate.

Registration at this link.

The webinar is organized in collaboration between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Invest in Denmark, Danish Embassy Deloitte, Japan and JD TeleTech Network.

New publication on telerehabilitation of heart failure patients

Effects of Telerehabilitation Interventions on Heart Failure Management (2015-2020): Scoping Review by Schacksen et al 2021 in JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol 2021;8(4):e29714.

Objective

The aim of this scoping review was to assess the effects of telerehabilitation in the management of heart failure by systematically reviewing the available scientific literature within the period from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2020.

Conclusions

It was found that there is a tendency toward improvement in patients’ quality of life and physical capacity when telerehabilitation was used in heart failure management. The outcome measures of depression, anxiety, and adherence to the intervention were found to be positive. Additional research is needed to determine more precise and robust effects of telerehabilitation.

Great international interest in TTRN PhD course

TTRN PhD School 2021, Flags

The Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN) has an online PhD Summer School in ” Future Digital Technologies in Healthcare: How to design, test and assess the value of digital technologies and services that engage, empower and motivate patients” from August 10-12.

We are proud that 35 international PhD students from Japan, UK, USA, Norway, Germany, Spain, Tunesia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and Denmark have signed up for the course. Birthe Dinesen (AAU), Kristian Kidholm (CIMT, OUH) and Cynthia Matsumoto (USA) is hosting the course. We look forward to some exciting days.

Group Picture, 12.Aug