Contract Number:

FP7-ICT-2007–1– 216461 CHRONIOUS

Project Acronym:


Project Full Title:

An Open, Ubiquitous and Adaptive Chronic Disease Management Platform for COPD and Renal Insufficiency

Call/Strategic Objective:

ICT-2007.5.1: Personal health systems for monitoring and point-of-care diagnostics

Project time:

February 2008 – May 2012 (52 months)


CHRONIOUS project is partially funded by European Commission


CHRONIOUS primary goal was to define a European framework for a generic health status monitoring platform schema addressing people with chronic health conditions. This was achieved by realizing a smart wearable platform, based on multi-parametric sensors data processing, for monitoring people suffering from  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Renal Insufficiency.

The system is able to constantly monitor patients’ health condition through sensors integrated in a T-shirt or scattered in the living environment and through ad-hoc questionnaires on symptoms and lifestyle displayed on a smart device (touch screen PC or smart phone). Any trait of abnormal health status and possible alerting incidents are detected by CHRONIOUS Intelligence. The system generates alerts in case of health and behavior data lay outside the well-established patterns. A multi-parametric expert system was developed for the analysis of the collected data using intelligent algorithms and complex techniques. Collected data and alarms are notified to the healthcare providers through a dedicated and secure web platform. The integrated platform provides real-time patient monitoring and supervision, both indoors and outdoors and represents a generic platform for the management of various chronic diseases. In addition, an ontological information retrieval system is being delivered satisfying the necessities for up-to-date clinical information.

The CHRONIOUS platform is validated through clinical trials in several medical centers and patient's home environments around Europe with 100 patients in two stages. The results of the utilization of the system were very encouraging. The CHRONIOUS system has been proven to be a well-validated real-time patient monitoring and supervision platform, providing a useful tool for the clinician and the patient that would contribute to the more effective management of chronic diseases. The CHRONIOUS platform provides a successful model for the future generations of "chronic disease management systems" and facilitates sophisticated monitoring tools.

The CHRONIOUS project terminated on May 2012 with the completion of the planned trials. All project data and results were accurately analyzed. Preliminary data were presented starting from June 2012 and consolidated data were published on 2013. Apart the technical success of the project, consortium partners are still exploiting the project outcomes.