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FIRST joins Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS to improve diabetic retinopathy screening

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The EyeFundusScope, an awarded project developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, will be a crucial component in a new project that aims to integrate and validate a mobile solution for the risk assessment of diabetic retinopathy. The Mobile Diabetic Retinopathy Screening project (MobileDRS) led by the Portuguese company First Solutions SA, intends to create a low cost and effective tool integrated in a commercial solution for management of screening programmes.

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease triggered by a physiological dysregulation caused by diabetes. Nowadays, it is the leading cause of avoidable blindness in the world. The continuous monitoring is essential to protect the vision since its progression is asymptomatic in the early stages. The hard mobility of traditional equipment and low availability of specialists limit the effectiveness of the screening process. The project MobileDRS led by FIRST Solutions SA includes the adaptation of the mobile prototype called EyeFundusScope once awarded by Exame Informática. A smartphone-based acquisition of retinal images combined with 3D-printed components around a dedicated optical system is expected to overcome those limitations, empowering a wider range of medical professionals or non-experts to acquire retinal images in a flexible and affordable way. With its validation, the MobileDRS project may play a future role in covering isolated populations using a mobile and low cost device, reducing costs for the Health Ministry and enhancing the effectiveness of screening programmes. The mobile solution will be integrated in an information system for management of population screening programmes, called SiiMA Rastreios, which allows the implementation of the functional circuit from the examination invitation to treatment and follow-up. The project (identified as POCI-01-0247-FEDER-010838 according to Portugal 2020) is co-funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) from European Union, framed in the COMPETE 2020 (Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation).

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"HCA" PROJECT

Identification: Project I&DT in Co-Promotion (NORTE-01-0202-FEDER-005391)
Incentive system: IS to Research and Technological Development
Description: Project HCA (HealthCare Anywhere) has the objective of developing a computer architecture centred on the patient enabling access to their clinical summary in any contact with a healthcare professional.

Co-financied by:

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"FIRST R&D" PROJECT"

Identification: Centre for RTD (Project no. 6737)
Incentive system: IS to Research and Technological Development
Description: Creation of the RTD Centre, including innovation certification and development of the Remind project (alert system for medical information to be used in hospital or homecare environments).

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"INTERFIRST" PROJECT

Identification: Individual SME Qualification and Internationalization Project (Project no. 16506)
Incentive system: IS to Qualification and Internationalization of SME
Description: The project seeks to increase the company’s competitiveness through increasing its visibility and presence in the international market and strengthening its internal competences.

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"TICE-HEALTHY" PROJECT

Identification: Mobilizing Project (Project no. 13842)
Incentive system: Incentive system: IS to Research and Technological Development
Description: Participation in PPS Be aware – Project for developing epidemiological surveillance platform for detecting and the containment of infections associated to health care.

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"GlobalFirst" PROJECT

Identification: Individual SME Qualification and Internationalization Project (Project no. 40348)
Incentive system: IS to Qualification and Internationalization of SME
Description: Promote the strategic growth of First Solutions in the global market.

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"ManAge" PROJECT

Identification: Individual RDT Project (no. 2012/24378)
Incentive system: IS to Research and Technological Development
Description: Developing an integrated home-setting health care platform.

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