|Location||Deakin University, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition|
|Eligibility||Australian and New Zealand residents|
Smart Home system for patients with cardiovascular disease
The University of Copenhagen – Deakin University joint PhD program offers research students an unparalleled international experience, working alongside world-class researchers across two continents. Joint degree students spend time working with their supervisors at both universities. As a result, they gain unique exposure to different cultural and scientific environments and substantially increase their employability after graduation. Upon completion of the joint degree program, students receive a dually badged internationally recognised doctoral degree from both institutions. The PhD candidate will have to spend time at both Deakin University and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality globally and causes significant burden to healthcare systems. In recent years, innovations in information technology showed potential to improve health service delivery and outcomes. Patients with CVD require support at home and out of hospital settings where they spent most of their time. However, such interventions are often difficult to implement and expensive. Using information technology, we aim to improve risk factors monitoring, self-management and develop a new model-of-care for secondary prevention of CVD in Australia and globally.
In collaboration with the School of Information Technology, Deakin University, leading information technologists and researchers, we have a Smart Home system that uses text messaging, interactive voice-system, wearable devices, online platform and a mobile phone App. Our Smart Home system could help to empower patients to improve self-management behaviours and reduce cardiovascular risk factors. However, the feasibility and effectiveness of Smart Home systems in patients with cardiovascular disease needs to be tested in real-life. The PhD project will investigate what features of a smart home are acceptable to participants, feasible to deliver, and the potential for improving health outcomes.
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