The Joint Unit of Information and Communication Technologies Applied to ReEngineering of Social Health Processes (ePRSS) is fruit of the collaboration between the Institute of Applications of Advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ITACA) at Valencia Polytechnic University, and the Institute of Health Research at La Fe Hospital, supported by a total of 17 researchers.

This unit is lead by Doctor Bernardo Valdivieso, Director of Quality Control and Planning for La Fe Department of Health, and Vicente Traver, Professor at Valencia Polytechnic University. Their objective is to develop high-level research in the field of application of information and communication technologies, thereby improving the processes for social health care, and turning the possibilities that these new care models provide into a reality.

Main lines of research

Develop the potential of home care  and remote patient management through process reengineering and deploymetn of ICT based solutions. 

The current line of investigation is designed to boost and improve the quality of care in the home, including the definition of new models and the re-engineering of processes within this field. Also, we are looking to drive development of new care models to facilitate prevention, diagnosis, follow-up and treatment of patients remotely.

With this in mind a platform has been developped for the management of patients, through which sick people under observation or in a home care situation can monitor the state of their health through voice recognition, a mobile phone application or a web application. The professionals entrusted with the follow-up will therefore have continued, detailed and personalised information regarding the health of home care patients at their disposal.

Unidad Mixta eRPSS (Sabien - Hospital La Fe)

Contribute to the comprehensive management of chronic conditions through new paradigms of health and social care using the advanced capabilities of new technologies

Within the group there is a drive to develop solutions and evaluate the impact of the ‘Integral Management of Prevention’ and the ‘Integral Management of Care of Chronic Conditions’ where said chronic care is relevant: heart failure, palliative care, dementia, cerebrovascular diseases with permanent side effects, chronic lung disease or home respiratory support. In turn, we aim to contribute to the improvement of efficiency of care processes and to the control of costs for health services.

As part of the European projects HeartCycle and Metabo, we continue to work on a new model for management of chronicity, aiming towards continual assistance and integration of services for patients with heart failure or diabetes, respectively.

Improve the dissemination of reliable health information taking advantage of new technologies

The aim here is to boost the role and responsibility of the patient and his/her environment, in relation to the management and improvement of health, through tools which foment and facilitate self-care and response capacity.

European Projects such as PREVE have analysed the behavioural aspects associated to risk factors and illness prevention. Patient empowerment is achieved when he/she takes an active role in healthcare, for example, in the process of self-evaluation for post-operatory patient follow-up in Major Outpatient Surgery.

Improve the integration of preservation in the healthcare processses, enhancing the capabilities of people to take more responsible role in their own health

In this field we aim to push development of communication and information sharing tools based on new web 2.0 technologies to give support to various communities within the health sphere.

The Salupedia project, developped internally, has created a community of users where health professionals recommend content already existing on the web to patients, family members and the general public.

Define, develop and study the new “smart environments” in sociosanitary attention

The group aims to drive and amplify new intelligent environments for health and well-being, combining the latest developments in personalised medicine and information and communication technologies.

With management of chronicity, we have undertaken a validation process where real users operate intelligent devices for follow-up of chronic patients, enabling us to establish a Smart Environment for healthcare in the patient’s home.

Active R+D projects financed publicly

  • HeartCycle – Compliance and efectiveness in HF and CHD closed-loop management.
    Head researcher: Sergio Guillén Barrionuevo. Financed by: European Commission. VII FP. IST. Reference: 216695. From: 2008. Until: 2011.
  • Analysis of an e-Health autoevaluation system applied to post-operatory follow-up for patients in Major Outpatient Surgery.
    Head researcher: Pilar Argente. Financed by: ISCIII. Reference: PI09/90327. From: 2010. Until: 2012
  • Managed outcomes – Operations management and demand-based approaches to healthcare outcomes and cost-benefits research.
    Head researcher: Vicente Traver Salcedo. Financed by: Comisión Europea. VII Framework Programme. Health. Reference: 241741. From: 2010. Until: 2012.
  • Metabo-controlling chronic diseases related to metabolic disorders.
    Head researcher: Vicente Traver Salcedo. Fnanced by: European Commission. VII FP. IST. Reference: 216270. From: 2008. Until: 2011.
  • Evaluation of a system based on RFID for tracking, location and clinical security for patients in the emergency or surgical wing.
    Head researcher: Rosalía Doménech. Financed by: ISCIII. Reference: PI09/90311. From: 2010. Until: 2012.
  • Preve – Prevention of Diseases.
    Head researcher: Vicente Traver Salcedo. Financed by: European Commission. VII Framework Programme. ICT. Reference: 248197. From: 2009. Until: 2010.
  • Emp – H _ Empowering Hospital Dr. Bernardo Valdivieso Martínez. Financed by: European Commission – HORIZON2020 Health Programme (HP-PJ). Reference: 664258. From: 2015 Until: 2018
  • Beyond Silos – Learning from integrated eCare practice and promoting deployment in European regions. Head researcher: Dr. Bernardo Valdivieso Martínez. Financed by: European Commission – CIP-ICT-PSP.2013.3.1b Reference: 621069. From: 2014 Until:2017
  • REDISSEC – Health Services for Chronic Illnesses. Head researcher: Jose Maria Quintana Lopez. Financed by: Carlos III Health Institute. Reference: RD12/0001/0011. From: 2013. Until:2016
  • CronicSalud – Design and evaluation of surgery using technology for the management of chronic low-complexity patients. Head researcher: Dr. Bernardo Valdivieso Martínez. Financed by: Esteve grants for Innovation in Health: ‘Health Care for the Chronic Patient’. Duration: 2012
  • PAPALLONA –Personalised mobile system for support, care and orientation for patients’ families for palliative care in the home.  Head researcher: Dr. Bernardo Valdivieso Martínez. Financed by: La Caixa Foundation – Social Action Projects. Reference: AS111636. From: 2011. Until: 2012
  • GeChronic. Head researcher: Dr. Bernardo Valdivieso Martínez. Financed by: Self-financed. From: 2010. Until: 2012

Research Articles in Scientific Publications

  • S. Guillén, T. Meneu, R. Serafín, M. T. Arredondo, E. Castellano, B. Valdivieso.‘e-Disease Management. A system for the management of the chronic conditions’.Conference Proceedings – IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 2010. 2010. 1041-1044. 0.
  • C. Fernández-Llatas, T. Meneu, J. M. Benedí, V. Traver.‘Activity-Based Process Mining for Clinical Pathways Computer Aided Design’.Proceedings de EMBC 2010. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2010. 2010. 6178-6181. 0.

Prominent Oral Presentations in Conferences

  • Vicente Traver.‘Key note speech’.BIOSTEC 2010 (International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies). 2010.

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