Integrated Project - Assistance to patient ad motor deficient people
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for health is a growing field because its maturity is sufficient for a real impact on new diagnostic and therapeutic practices. The site of Montpellier proposes a new approach focused on the short-term benefits for the patient and for the public health system. Our approach is based on the following characteristics: i) the establishment of four platforms of national and international ambition (National Centre of Expertise in Robotics and Handicap (CNSA), EuroMov international centre (high-tech movement analysis platform, laboratory, spin offs), surgical training room in the new Faculty of Medicine, regional platform BioNanoNMRI for micro-NMR imaging of small animals and plants, ii) the creation of a training program in ICT & Health in partnership with Montpellier Universities, the Telecom Institute and the Ecole des Mines d'Alès open to medical doctors and engineers, iii) the academic and clinical research addressing the neurosensory system, particularly focused on the peripheral sensory-motor system, which is unique in France in combining exploration, modelling, robotics, neuroprosthetics (active implantable medical devices - AIMD) and software. Without being exhaustive, three projects illustrate the strong potential impact of the followed direction to help patients and caregivers: i) ICT applied to sensory-motor impairments particularly in the case of stroke patients, from prevention to treatment, ii) surgical and minimally invasive endoluminal robotics iii) biophysical multimodal sensors, from hardware to information processing that meet the needs of the two other projects.