Project

IMPALA

The IMPALA project is an EU funded project with the aim to develop an algorithm enhanced monitoring system for hospitalized children in Africa.

Our goal is to improve recognition of critical conditions in an early stage which enables early and effective interventions and reduces paediatric mortality.

Why do we do this?

About the project

Monitoring

In hospitalized children it is essential to monitor the health status of patients to detect deterioration and to prevent and treat complications.

In low-resource hospitals small but important changes in a child’s health like heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory condition can go unnoticed due to understaffing and lack of adequate monitoring equipment.

Often the window of opportunity to intervene and prevent children dying from complications is missed.

IMPALA solves this issue.

Goal

The partners of the IMPALA project are collaborating to lower the staggering amount of preventable child deaths.

This interdisciplinary project will develop a sturdy, easy-to-use, affordable, high-tech monitor that can be implemented in settings with limited resources and capacity.

We will enable healthcare workers to recognize and intervene early in case of critical illness by developing and integrating predictive algorithms which predict clinical deterioration.

Because this will be done automatically the need for extensive training will be reduced.

We have estimated that our system could save up to 1 million children’s lives per year.

Who do we work with?

Partners

People from the field

Testimonials

I believe a lot of things can be better designed especially in hospitals and medical places, they are not user-friendly or effective, and with technology, you can achieve a lot more. This is a vision I share with GOAL 3

Rachel Loop

Head of Quality