The last couple of months, the clinical PATHway team in Leuven has presented the first prototype to CVD patients during usability testing, as well as to the large public during the Day of Science.
Interest and enthusiasm were overwhelming with people from as young as 4 years old up to advanced age wanting to try PATHway out and having fun with the Exerclass and the Exergame. With three PATHway systems running non-stop for five hours, over 100 persons could shortly try a PATHway exercise session. People liked both the class and the game and many asked where they could get the system because they were truly interested for themselves or for a family member. These reactions were heartwarming and certainly motivated us to stay on track with our work.
The International Symposium: Cardiac Rehabilitation anno 2016: evidence and practice in Leuven, Belgium, was a success with 120 attendees consisting of physiotherapists, cardiologists and other professionals working in cardiac rehabilitation. Prof. Véronique Cornelissen presented the PATHway project during her talk “Lifelong cardiac rehabilitation”.
PATHway was also presented to companies, entrepreneurs and other professionals in the healthcare sector during a webinar at the innovation center of the local government of Vlaams-Brabant. During this webinar, Dr. Roselien Buys presented the elements that enable behavior change and self-management, the accuracy and reliability of off the shelf devices for heart rate and physical activity monitoring for patients with cardiovascular disease, decision support systems for delivering individually tailored programs and the expected effectiveness of PATHway for health.
Meanwhile, the design of the upcoming randomized controlled trial evaluating PATHway has been well received at the international conferences where we presented it. With all RCT preparations done, we are looking forward to welcome Dr. Nele Pattyn, a sport scientist and exercise expert with experience in cardiac rehabilitation, who will be joining the PATHway RCT team in Leuven in the next
month.Together, we are counting down towards the deployment of PATHway first in our university hospital, and then in the patients’ homes.
We are delighted that our work keeps getting attention from our peers and that we are given plenty of opportunities to present PATHway also in the coming months. Prof. Véronique Cornelissen is invited to give a talk on telerehabilitation, including the PATHway solution, at the European Forum on “Cœur, exercise et prévention” [Heart, exercise and prevention] in Paris, France (23-24/03/2017). Our PATHway PhD student Jomme Claes was invited to present his work so far with regards to home-based cardiac rehabilitation at the upcoming EuroPrevent meeting, (6-8/04/2017), in Malaga, Spain. Further, Dr. Roselien Buys will deliver an invited lecture on “Recent developments in cardiac rehabilitation” at EuroHeartCare 2017 in Jonkoping, Sweden (18-20/05/2017).