Projects and Studies
Survey of patients’ views on health-promoting exercise and cardiovascular disease.
The aim of this project is to explore the experiences and views of patients with cardiovascular disease on the topic of physical activity in cardiac rehabilitation. The focus is on gaining a deeper understanding of contexts and expectations for health-promoting sustainable behavior change. Modes of action and possible applications for innovative digital technologies will be discussed from the perspective of patients.
Survey of the view of physicians and other health professionals.
The aim of this project is to explore problems and possible solutions for the sustainable promotion of physical activity in the context of cardiological rehabilitation. Views and experiences of physicians and staff from other health care professions will be collected. The focus is on possible areas of application and advantages in the use of innovative digital technologies.
In cooperation with Paris Lodron University (Prof. Jens Blechert), the study investigates the factors that enable or impede sufficient health-promoting physical activity in everyday life. In the study, optimal time windows for health-promoting physical activity are determined. These are time windows in which high motivation faces few obstacles, such as bad weather. Based on data analysis of psychological and digital data, these time windows will be determined automatically by algorithms. To do this, user inputs on the smartphone about exercise motivation, sleep quality, energy levels, emotions and stress are combined with information provided by the smartphone and a fitness wristband. The algorithms then determine optimal time windows for each user individually. In the end, this information is then used to provide users with tips on how to use these times for exercise and how concrete planning can remove obstacles.
The new innovative technology-based intervention concepts, which have been discussed together with patients, physicians and other health professionals, will be implemented in a platform for mobile devices in this project. For this purpose, existing mHealth platforms will be evaluated first. The results of the FFG project EPICURE can be used for this purpose. In this project, a multicenter clinical trial with existing mHealth platforms will be conducted. The aim of the project is to provide the first new technology-based interventions for studies and to create a roadmap for the development of a system that can be used in clinical practice.
Impact of the COVID-19 curfews on patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehabilitation and group cardiovascular exercise, both important interventions for patients with cardiovascular disease, have been largely unavailable during the past several months. This project captures effects of the COVID-19 exceptional situation on patients’ physical performance and level of physical activity, as well as patients’ subjective experience of this period. The goal is to gain insights to optimize the support of patients in physical activity and training at home using digital technologies. This project is made possible by a COVID-19 related grant from the Open Innovation in Science Center of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft.
The project is responsible for developing the legal framework in the area of data protection and security. In particular, the Medical Devices Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must be taken into account for the work of the LBI. Accordingly, a strategy for the protection of highly sensitive personal data (e.g., medical data, wellness, lifestyle, and behavior) is being developed at both the institutional and technical levels. In addition, the team is also developing a roadmap to implement person-centric privacy functionalities (for e.g. digital health apps) that provide users with more control in the management and sharing of their data.
Digital Health Roadmap and Open Innovation in Science
This project will be dedicated to the design of a roadmap for digital health in Austria. Furthermore, the specification and provision of a digital open innovation in science platform for the optimal integration of relevant stakeholders is included.
Digital Health (DH) Convener
In May 2020, LBI participated in the Nexus Digital Health Innovation Challenge of the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) with the DH Convener project. The project was selected as the winner among 8 finalist projects for the use case dealing with future health data organization. On June 22, the LBI team attended the BMK workshop to present the project and receive the necessary support to make it a reality. The Institute plans to implement the DH-Convener pilot project in Salzburg over the next 3 years in close collaboration with all LBI-DHP partners and stakeholders. DH-Convener is an open platform for digital health apps to organize, protect and integrate health data. The platform provides interoperability and privacy as a service for:
Connecting digital health services by integrating patient data into electronic health records (ELGA).
Delivering integrated care by supporting clinical care along with mobile health and wellness services
Sharing data with global and public health registries by participating in global epidemic control and surveillance programs
Compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Interreg Österreich-Bayern, AB296
The consortium project Connect2Move (under the overall coordination by the TU Munich) will be dedicated to the valorization of natural and evidence-based cardio-trekking trails through open innovation methods for the sustainable promotion of intergenerational, health-oriented tourism. In the next 30 months, a clinical study will be conducted to define a test route that can be used to determine the current training status of hikers and thus avoid dangerous overstraining during subsequent hiking. With the help of modern technologies, individual recommendations for special cardio-trekking hiking routes in the partner regions Werfenweng and Aschau im Chiemgau will then be given, based on the results of the test route.