Government Contract Research

SmartBEAT – Smart System for the Management of Heart Failure in Older Adults


The increasing number of patients with Heart Failure is overloading the public healthcare systems. In Portugal there are 260.000 individuals with Heart Failure and in Europe this figure reaches 15.000.000. The prevalence of the disease in citizens with 70+ years is of over 10%. In Portugal, Europe and in the U.S., the costs associated with this pathology represent 1-2% of all costs related to healthcare and it is estimated that the recurrent hospitalizations, common in Heart Failure patients, correspond to, approximately, 70% of all HF costs. An example of the increasing impact of Heart Failure on health systems is the priority given in the U.S. to the development of strategies that reduce readmission of patients with Heart Failure.

The SmartBEAT project aims to address the needs of senior Heart Failure patients and their formal and informal caregivers by offering an integrated solution to leverage patient self-care through autonomous condition monitoring and real-time feedback to their caregivers. Using SmartBEAT, it is possible to improve disease outcomes and enhance the quality of life of senior Heart Failure patients. This objective will be achieved through the acquisition of user’s physiological data using a Vital Signs System and a smartphone application integrated with a Monitoring Engine and a Caregivers Gateway for data analysis, management and reporting.


Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS (coordinator); CHSJ – Centro Hospitalar São João; FMUP – Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto; KempenLIFE; LifeOnKey Inc; Remedus BVBA; Seniornett Norge; SGE – Stichting Gezondheidscentra Eindhoven; Smart Homes – Nationaal Kenniscentrum voor Domotica & Slim Wonen; Verhaert – New Products & Services NV; Vigisense SA.


SmartBEAT proposes to develop a system that allows for Heart Failure outpatients mobile monitoring and screening. The solution aims at early identification of hemodynamic imbalance inherent in an episode of acute decompensated Heart Failure. SmartBEAT is a simple, cheap and quick follow-up solution for Heart Failure older adults which allows to optimize the quality of care, reduce costs, reduce the number of readmissions and, ultimately, improve the prognosis and reduce mortality in this population.

Status: Active.

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