On May 22nd, 2015, the Kick-off of the FRAILTOOLS project took place in Luxembourg. FRAILTOOLS is an EC-funded project led by SERMAS and the Fundación para la Investigación Biomédica del Hospital Universitario de Getafe, and whose project coordinator is Dr. Rodríguez Mañas. The main objective of the project is to evaluate the usefulness of the tools that are currently used in order to diagnose frailty in older adults, both in a clinical level and in a social level. The project will be carried out in the Geriatrics Service of the University Hospital of Getafe, in Primary Care and in nursing homes. Besides, new sequencial diagnostic algorithms will be developed aiming for future use in clinical practice. FRAILTOOLS is a multi-center study, and 5 european countries will participate (Spain, UK, France, Italy and Polland).
The Hospital Universitario de Getafe (University Hospital of Getafe, UHG) is the first Hospital in the Region of Madrid – and second in Spain -, to have its R+D+i practice certified under the UNE 166002 Standard. On May 6th, the Hospital Manager, Mr. Carlos Villoria, handed the certification to the researchers of IDIGETAFE.
A system based upon the UNE 166002 Standard recommendations guarantees a better organization of the R+D activities, a consideration of the efficacy and effiency of the actions, an improvement in the transference of the results, an optimization of the innovation, an improvement in the detection of new technologies and ideas and, finally, in the promotion of R+D as a primary factor for competitiveness.
The Geriatrics Service and the Foundation for the Biomedical Research of the University Hospital of Getafe hosted the first workshop of the ACANTO research project. The main objective of ACANTO is to analyze and to implement the medical applications of an intelligent walker, able of monitoring different functional parameters of the walker user seamlessly.
ACANTO is a project funded by the Horizon 2020 Program of the European Commission that expands the results of the DALI Project. The Consortium of ACANTO comprises 10 partners, including technology centres, companies and medical centres with experience in treating older adults. The main objective of the project is to develop and to integrate in the medical routine a “walker” robot that allows for a better care and the rehabilitation of older adults with mobility problems. The intelligent walker will help older adults to regain their function and to keep a healthier lifestyle, thanks to the use of sensors and personalized programs, to detect and correct pernicious walking habits, and to provide patients with personalized exercise programs.