The EU-funded eTime project uses detailed computer models of the human body for developing treatments. A 'virtual window' into someone's lungs, glycaemic profile or blood flow enables clinicians to provide effective support and increases the efficiency of Intensive Care Units.

Intensive Care Unit

The eTime project represents a collaboration between researchers in the EU (Hungary, Belgium and Germany) and New Zealand. They aimed to improve care and productivity in intensive and acute care units (ICUs) by merging engineering, technology and medicine.

Using the wealth of patient data that is generated in healthcare environments, the now finished project processed and applied it to proprietary models that provide clinicians with consistent, patient-specific information that support them to make better and more informed decisions.

The eTime team has made several developments of particular need to ICUs, such as:

  • The world's first-ever mechanical ventilation model, which provides a virtual window into the lung, enabling clinicians to provide effective support for patients who are struggling to breathe;
  • A clinically validated and accurate protocol for managing the glycaemic profile of a patient in intensive care, built with the help of modelling techniques;
  • A support tool for clinicians to monitor the flow of blood around the body of critically ill patients, helping them to spot any emerging problems or blockages.

The eTime project has thus allowed acute and critical care doctors to take full advantage of the wealth of data they are presented to and provide the best care in short time.

eTime project details

  • Participants:  Hungary (Coordinator), Belgium, Germany, New Zealand
  • Total costs: € 252 000
  • EU contribution: € 252 000 (Marie Curie programme)

More information on the website of the project

Engineering Technology-based Innovation in Medicine
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