User-driven innovation was the starting point for identifying cardiac patients’ acknowledged and un-acknowledged need for participation in rehabilitation. Since 2012 the interdisciplinary Teledi@log research team has visited cardiac patients in their private homes and have provided them with different sorts of training programs and measurement devices, e.g. a step counter.
The step counter measured the cardiac patient's walking activity and furthermore it proved to be a motivational tool to increase and maintain physical activity for the patients. Birthe Dinesen, Project manager of Teledi@log is very satisfied with the outcome of the project: "We have gathered essential knowledge about the patient's activity levels, habits, and motivation - both in relation to e.g. walking activity, but also in relation to the patient's motivation for using new technologies".
TV2 Nord has interviewed one of the participating cardiac patients Viggo Højen Jensen. You can click here to watch the interview and read TV2 Nord's article (in Danish)
Birthe Dinesen (firstname.lastname@example.org), head of Telehealth and Telerehabilitation Laboratory, SMI®, Department of Health Science and Technology.