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The President of the Regional Government attended the presentation of the ICU4COVID project at the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital today. ICU4COVID is part of Horizon 2020, an innovative pandemic  solution which aims to create several Intensive Care Telemedicine Hubs around the world.

In view of the current pandemic context, the Regional Secretary for Health and Civil Protection of Madeira was selected to host the first HUB, serving as a reference point for the other hospitals in the project (in Portugal and the rest of the World).

The initial telemedicine technology system was installed between the 24th to the 29th of April, and is now connected to nine hospital beds, divided between the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, Porto Santo Health Centre and the Dr. Francisco Rodrigues Jardim; which are now connected to a central ‘monitoring cockpit.’ The use of which, will be used alongside already existing medical devices within the intensive care units, and enhance patient care as well as reduce infection risks for healthcare professionals, in what is seen as an “important and pioneering step in innovating healthcare provision not only in RAM but throughout Europe.” Where ICU4COVID aims to transform intensive care units into technology-controlled Covid-19 combat units. 

Furthermore, The President of Madeira has stated that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is something that Saúde da Madeira wants to invest in, especially, as the new hospital will have an Artificial Intelligence research unit, and as such, he could like the use of AI to be extended to other hospital departments.

This pioneering project involves more than 20 hospitals across Europe and has a global funding of 10.4 million euros. The initiative started in January this year, and will progress in several stages until the end of 2022.

Samantha Gannon

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