ThermoHuman participates in an awarded project on remote assessment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Innovation Unit of the Foundation for Biomedical Research of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital (IRYCIS), from Madrid, has recently received the NOVARTIS IESE award because of a project where the Technical University of Madrid and ThermoHuman participates. This project led by rheumatologist Francisco Javier Bachiller is focused on helping rheumatoid arthritis patients to be remotely assessed using infrared thermography.
The objective of the study was to solve the current need of people with this chronic pathology, forced to visit the hospital average 8 times on average. The clinical team considered whether any of the visits could be made remotely from home but maintaining the quality through an assessment based on objective data of the patient’s inflammation.
Based on that, a project was started 3 years ago by Dr. Francisco Javier Bachiller, Section Chief of the Hospital’s Rheumatology Service and Associate Clinical Researcher at IRYCIS. It is a collaborative project in which, in addition to the clinical team of the hospital’s Rheumatology Service, the Innovation Unit of the Foundation for Biomedical Research of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital, the Technical University of Madrid and ThermoHuman are participating.
Under the title: “Development of a remote assessment model in rheumatoid arthritis based on thermal imaging of the hands” this initiative was presented at the last call for the NOVARTIS IESE OPERATIVE EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH MANAGEMENT AWARDS 2020.
The Novartis IESE Awards to operative excellence in medical management are a recognition to organizations that are contributing to the excellence and sustainability of the National Health System through innovation and good management practices. In the call for the year 2020, 68 applications were submitted from different hospitals, health institutions and autonomous organizations. The contest has recognized this collaborative project as the winner in the health management category.