HERMES - Healthcare Emergency support system for the distributed Response and Monitoring of Epidemics in the Society

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Objectives of the service

HERMES aims at providing innovative solutions to support the Healthcare emergencies for an optimized response and monitoring of the epidemics in the society. This is achieved through the integration of advanced technologies of telemedicine and digital healthcare including new IoT digital sensor as well as X-ray, CT scan and new screening tools (voice analysis). Powerful AI tools elaborate this data in order to help health operators to identify and monitor even the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The system is also conceived to provide logistic support to Local Healthcare Authorities by using GNSS technologies.

 

Users and their needs

The HERMES services are designed to support Healthcare organizations such as Red Cross, Local Medical Units (ASL), Hospitals, Medical Test Canters, which need are:

  • Possibility of carrying out remote screening for the citizens in areas where there are particular needs related to health emergencies.
  • A “teleconsultation and tele-diagnostics services” capable of managing the multimedia exchange of interest among patients, specialists and healthcare facilities.
  • A synergic and emergency monitoring system distributed on the national territory.
  • A platform capable to provide support for logistical coordination for the optimal deployment of resources as well as information about the number, localization and priority of the samples to be analysed
  • Real-time storage of all the screening data of Infected patients in order to be informed in real time of the data of the infected cases

Service/ system concept

The system relies on a hybrid solution based on multiplicity connections (satellite, mobile networks, etc.) that operate simultaneously, which is made up of the following Building Blocks, depicted into the scheme hereafter:

  • Remote IoT Booths for controlling access of people to public areas
  • IoT Healthcare sensor Network for collection health patient data and measurements.
  • IoT Tracking sensor Network for traceability of medical swabs during transport by mobile vehicles
  • HealthCare VAN retrofit for providing service over the areas not covered by the mobile network or area where the mobile network is not present
  • Next generation field Hospital/Army barrack with IoT screening booths army field hospital including screening booths
  • Radiological/CT screening solution for assisting remote hospitals in analysing images for diagnosis purpose  
  • Voice Screening solution able to analyse of patient’s voice spectrum to detect COVID-19
  • Teleconsultation system able to help remote hospitals exchanging data to support diagnosis
  • Cloud Data Centre able to correlate data from different screening sources

Space Added Value

1. Broadband TLC Satellite (e.g. Athena-Fidus in Ka band national coverage), KASAT, Eutelsat Two-way in K-band HTS European spot coverage):

  • Broadband satellite connectivity for fixed Field Hospital traffic terminals and mobile VAN traffic terminals to support high quality healthcare teleconsultations and logistics videoconferencing services. 
  • Bundle of NarrowBand IoT datalinks for IoT sensor networks, Remote Healthcare Kiosks and mobile VANs.          
  • TLC Satellite integrated in a Hybrid Network infrastructure included 4G Network to ensure robust, reconfigurable and reliable communication between system architecture components.

2. GNSS Satellites/technologies (e.g. GPS and RTK or Galileo, EGNOS):

  • Satellite PNT services for the Remote IoT sensors and for the Remote Healthcare Kiosks geo-localization information to be fed within the emergency screening network.

Current Status

The deployment of the pilot trials has started.

The first User Group related to the first pilot campaign is leaded by Bio-Medical Campus University of Rome (UCBM). 

The other key actors of this pilot campaign #1 are the UCBM Hospital network (Villa Serena Pescara, St. Maria Goretti Hospital Latina, Papardo Hospital Messina), as point-of-care, Telespazio as a Satellite Communications service provider, e-GEOS as Database service provider and EXPERT-LAB as geospatial information provider.

Covid-19 positive (on the left) and not positive case

The objective of this Pilot Campaign is to improve early identification of Covid-19 outbreaks in symptomatic patients and to create an extended population monitoring system to detect potential epidemic outbreaks.

Video of pilot#1 is available at this link: https://youtu.be/Ap0SgEfUj2Q

The second User Group is leaded by Italian Red Cross (IRC). The other key actors are Telespazio as a Satellite Communications service provider, e-GEOS as the Database service provider, EXPERT-LAB as IoT Healthcare sensor provider and VoiceWise as voice screening solution provider.

Every pre-triage tent or mobile hospital is equipped with one or more IoT Wearable Healthcare Sensors kit. This is a modular system that could manage multiple devices to measure biometric parameters such as blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, and automatically send data to the Cloud Data Center.

Furthermore, the voice screening solution uses a smartphone with VoiceWise APP in order to perform the voice sample acquisition and analysis of voice samples.

The objective of this Pilot is to provide efficient support for screening activities to early identify possible Covid-19 outbreaks.

Video of pilot#2 (FCO) is available at this link: https://youtu.be/qcMI-jfaXaM

The third User Group is leaded by University of Chieti D’Annunzio. The other key actors of this Pilot #3, Telespazio as a Satellite Communications service provider, e-GEOS as Database service provider and EXPERT-LAB as IoT Tracking sensor solution.

The objective of this Pilot #3 is the tracking of the patients’ medical swabs for eHealth (digital healthcare) applications, based on a modular system that could support tracking of the delivered medical swabs from patients’ healthcare facilities to UdA Analysis Lab Covid-Test Centre for their test analysis reports.

The healthcare staff from Analysis Lab will access to Hermes dashboard to track the medical swabs and timely plan the number of samples to be analyzed.

Video of pilot#3 is available at this link: https://youtu.be/J2uUWdFe_IE

 

Status Date

Updated: 09 November 2020 - Created: 05 November 2020