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BRUCARE: E-care Technology for the Brussels Capital Region

Monday, 18 June, 2007 - 14:00
Domaine Latour de Freins
Rue Engeland 555, 1180 Uccle

Given the importance of e-care at the social, medical, economical and technological level in the near future, the BRUCARE project is focusing on starting up e-care research in the Brussels Capital Region.

BRUCARE is a joint project of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

On Monday the 18th of June 2007 (2.30PM - 4.30PM) the progress in this research project will be presented to interested Brussels companies and hospitals at the Institute for the encouragement of Scientific Research and Innovation of Brussels (ISRIB) at Domaine Latour de Freins.


  • Jan Cornelis, Vice Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will introduce the presentations.

The topics that will be presented are:

  • (1) Development of infrastructure for storing and transferring monitored data (monitoring diabetes patients at home). Prof. Dr. Rudi Van de Velde & Koen Verbeeck, UZ-Brussel-Medical Informatics and -Diabetology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • (2) Setting up a diagnostic spirometry system at the GP cabinet for transfer to Clinical Expert Centre. Dr. Silvia Verbanck ULB-LPBM-Laboratoire de Physique Biomédicale / UZ-Brussel-Pneumology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel , Jan Vandevoorde, MD-VUB (presented by Dr. Rudi Deklerck)
  • (3) Patient activity analysis with a 3D-camera. Dr. Bart Jansen, Frederik Temmermans, Dr. Rudi Deklerck, ETRO-Electronics and Informatics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • (4) Imaging technologies for tracking and monitoring of physiotherapeutic exercises. Laurent Engels, Dr. Thiery Leloup, Prof. Dr. Nadine Warzée, SLN- Service des Systèmes Logiques et Numériques, ULB

As listed in the program, the BRUCARE project is based on four different applications.

Applications one and two file under the topic "telemonitoring of chronical diseases": i.e. telemonitoring of (1) glucose concentration with diabetics and (2) spirometry measurements for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). A large number of patients are suffering from these diseases. In the framework of this research project technology is being developed that admits patients to introduce data in their electronic medical file in a safe way. This allows the GP to follow up the medical evolution of his patients online and in real time. He can, if necessary, immediately adapt the treatment and provide the necessary guidelines to his patient.

The other applications file under the topics “smart homes” and “independent living” and rather require long term research.

The third application (“Patient activity analysis with a 3D-camera”) focuses on the development of algorithms for tracking activities of patients or elderly. This allows for the automatic and immediate notification of family, friends and other caregivers in case a fall or another emergency situation occurs. Even changes in the activity patterns of the subject can be detected.

The last application (“imaging technology for tracking and monitoring of physiotherapeutic exercises”) is aimed at the real time follow up of movements of the patients. The physiotherapist nowadays has no possibility to verify whether the prescribed exercises are actually carried out by his patients. In the future the executing of the exercises will automatically be monitored by the system.

More information

Alena Aga
Technology Transfer Interface - R&D Department

Scientific Contact:

Rudi Deklerck, ETRO 

Bart Jansen, ETRO 

The BRUCARE project is financed by the Brussels Capital Region.