The rise of smart technologies in healthcare

6 January 2022

The project “Establishment of the Center for Health Data Analysis, Data Utilization and Development of Smart Devices and Technology at the University of Pécs” (Competence Center), which will start in 2020 and end in December 2022, will be implemented with nearly HUF 2 billion non-refundable EU support. The University of Pécs, the 4iG Nyrt., and Bay Zoltán Applied Research Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd. are working on a bioinformatics analysis software package, which is an international novelty, and a robotic-assisted care opportunity.

A huge amount of data is generated during clinical trials, the handling and structuring of which is difficult. The rise of smart technologies in healthcare provides a solution to this problem, as modern tools can be used to efficiently collect data on the health status of individuals. Once the data is processed with advanced analytical solutions, they can provide targeted feedback to patients and healthcare professionals. It also leads to the transformation of medical practice and supports personalized medicine. Due to the ever-increasing costs of the healthcare system and the limited resources of the industry, there is an increasing emphasis around the world on the digitalisation of healthcare and the exploitation of new data processing technologies, strengthened further by the development of molecular medicine.

“We want to create a Competence Center that can cooperate with industry actors to develop innovative methods of data collection, information processing and analysis and use them to develop new health technologies and services,” said Professor Attila Miseta, Rector of the University of Pécs.

"The other goal of the project is to develop data-based health services that can be used to organize healthcare more efficiently, reduce the burden of the university and healthcare providers nearby, and free up resources," said Dr. István Wittmann, professional leader of the project, head of the University of Pécs Competence Center. The professor also said the Competence Center wants to create a digital health ecosystem with quality, valid health data for health technology and smart device developments. To this end, it aims to develop competencies to support the development of health technologies in the different phases of R&D&I with appropriate health data and analytical solutions based on them, in close cooperation with industry partners.

A further aim of the development is to create cross-border collaborations, thus getting involved in international research networks. Its long-term goal is to develop and operate a market-based, self-sustaining research network.

The project is implemented in the frame of the Széchenyi2020 program, with the support of the European Union.




Szabolcs Csortos/UnivPécs