Headlines: June 3rd, 1999

NHS participation in a consortium of industrial, academic and clinical partners across Europe will bring relief to asthma suffers. MEDICATE (Medical Diagnosis, Communication and Analysis Throughout Europe) uses technology that allows asthma sufferers to use a portable monitoring device to record their breathing patterns from the comfort of their own home. Data is then sent by e-mail to a central point where it is processed and recommendations forwarded direct to their consultant.

The project is being run by a consortium of industrial, academic and clinical partners across Europe including: Cable & Wireless Communications, Erich Jaeger, GmbH, Middlesex University, University College London, Licore Associates Limited, The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust and Hospital General de Manresa.

This is the first project of its kind and has been funded by the European Commission. It will run for two years with patients of the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust and Hospital General de Manresa (Spain) using the system. One of the aims is to pioneer this type of project for greater use of technology on a European scale.