MRH - Mechatronics based rehabilitation at home

With the leadership of Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven (NL) the MRH project aimed to develop a ‘white book’ on the different aspects of rehabilitation at home based on mechatronics. The input for this white book should be obtained by consultation and by own research, and should be made available for regional policymakers, companies and authorities providing health and social care.

Main objective

To compose a ‘white book’ on the different aspects of mechatronics based rehabilitation at home.

Activity

The MRH project focuses on five main issues:
1. The present developments in rehabilitation
2. The success factors of a MRH application
3. The business opportunities for a MRH application
4. The design and development of MRH applications
5. The steps to be taken to make MRH applications a success

At least five pilot applications should be developed to demonstrate the results of the studies. The results should be presented and discussed at five international meetings. The overall results should be used to compose a ‘white book’ on the MRH concept.

Leadparticipant

  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences (School of Engineering, Mechatronics Department) - North Brabant (NL)

Participants

  • Technical University of Catalonia (CDEI) – Catalonia (ES)
  • University of Brescia (Laboratory of Mechatronics, Faculty of Engineering) – Lombardy (I)
  • University of West Bohemia (Faculty of applied sciences, Department of Cybernetics, Automatic Control section) - South West Bohemia (CZ)
  • Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences Research & Development – Upper Austria (A)

Companies

  • FOCAL Meditech B.V. – North Brabant (NL)
  • Fitland - North Brabant (NL)
  • Zuidzorg Foundation - North Brabant (NL)
  • City Hospital Pilsen, PRIVAMED Inc. – South West Bohemia (CZ)

Results

Five applications have been developed to demonstrate the MRH studies including prototypes of an mobile activity meter and a novel type of knee exerciser in close collaboration with SMEs.  To accelerate in future Innovation for Welfare it is recommended that:

  • SMEs will encounter in all European regions uniform market conditions, conformation rules, etc.
  • Stakeholders from health sector should take an active role by creating roadmaps giving direction to SME to develop solutions to pre-selected  challenges.

 

Documents:
Weblog MRH 18-06-2010

Related Links:
Website MRH