Projects

Screening

Head DI(FH) Viktoria Dorfer MSc 
Researchers

DI(FH) Viktoria Dorfer MSc
Susanne Schaller MMSc
Prof. (FH) DI Dr. Stephan Winkler

Duration 2015 - present
Research focus Software technology and application 
Research institutions University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus
Research Center Hagenberg
Project description

Currently in Austria are around 573.000 to 645.000 people affected by Diabetes mellitus. These are around 8 to 9 percent of all Austrians. About 143.000 to 215.000 people do not
know about their diabetes yet. (2 to 3%). They have a higher risk for complications and longterm effects. Because of demographic developments and the rising prevalence of lifestylerelated risk factors (overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, unfavourable nutrition, smoking, etc.) the number of diabetics and diabetes related diseases will rise further.“
To counter these developments the consortium of Screening 2.0 aims at the development of a comprehensive concept of non-invasive diagnostic tools for individual, exhaustive, userfriendly diabetes screening (diabetes as a first step) in combination with e-health applications. It involves a service innovation combined with a product innovation:

* Development of a printed qualitative diabetes-screening strip used in a trend analysis for early detection of diabetes

* Development of a comprehensive communication concept

Test strips and screening methods already exist in various ways. However these are not printed but mostly dipped or coated otherwise. Through the development of the printing process in combination with the development of the suitable print varnish production cost and used resources should be reduced significantly. Furthermore the strip must be designed in a way to be easily included in a postal mailing which is the prerequisite for the service innovation.
To implement early detection successfully into the existing health system an innovative service must be developed. Current communication- and supply channels need to be considered while it needs to be carried out nationwide. Screening enables an addition to current supply and communication. Therefore the communication cycle can be closed for the first time during the screening process and not – as before – after the analysis of prescribed medication (therapy) through health insurances. The figure depicts how the screening can extend the existing supply and communication chain.