Health Tech

The use of technology in healthcare and related areas such as sports or gerontology has changed dramatically in recent decades.

One of the main reasons for this change is a fundamental change in society. Society is moving away from an almost exclusively curative approach and moving towards a holistic, preventive and, not least, integrative approach. The focus is on the person themselves and not exclusively on the person in his or her role as a patient. In parallel, the available technological and information technology options have also developed rapidly.

The research area Health Tech is dedicated to the challenge of combining innovative technologies with new approaches in medicine, health care, sports and tourism, and moreover, to develop digital products and services in cooperation with partners from industry and research or to support their development. The overriding goal is always to maintain and/or restore people's health or support their health care in the best possible way.

 

Assistive technologies

The field of assistive technologies is dedicated to the research of user-centered, technological approaches to support people who have permanently or temporarily limited physical and/or mental abilities due to a congenital or acquired disability, disease or aging process. In particular, the areas of rehabilitation, prosthetics, mobility and Active Assisted Living play an important role in this context.

Robotics in health service

For some time now, medical science has relied on the use of robotics and telemanipulators for surgical applications. This trend is continuing throughout the healthcare sector, with therapy and care robots becoming increasingly important. Another growth area is service robots, which are used for monitoring or social interaction beyond physical support.

Technology-based systems in sports, health & tourism

Health involves much more than just the core medical treatment of individuals. Health and success in sports can be holistically supported by the availability of appropriate technologies and approaches. In high-performance sports, numerous technological solutions that increase training success or enhance safety can already be found. New growth areas are mass sports and the use of health technologies in tourism, but the cluster also focuses on the application of new technologies and methods in high-performance sport.

E-Health

The basis for a targeted and efficient use of (information) technologies in health care and related areas is their integrated use. The networking of information systems, their interoperability and a trans-institutional use of data play a central role in this context.

Contact
Alexander Hörbst
a.o. Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Alexander Hörbst, Bakk.techn. Head of Department & Studies

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Alexander Hörbst
a.o. Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Alexander Hörbst, Bakk.techn. Head of Department & Studies
Bernhard Hollaus
Bernhard Hollaus, M.Sc. Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3934
Yeongmi Kim
Prof. Yeongmi Kim, PhD Professor +43 512 2070 - 3933

Development of a modern ball-shooting-maschine for football (Footbomat)
Duration:
2015

Project Lead:
Bernhard Hollaus, M.Sc.

Description:
The project is in cooperation with the local professional football club FC WACKER INNSBRUCK. Together we try to support modern football training with a ball-shooting-mashine called Footbomat. The goal of this project is to train players, especially goal keepers, by putting them into situation which could occure during a game. Crosses, shots, follow-up shots, passes a.s.o. are actions, the Footbomat should be able to take. This is state of the art, so the new approach is here to have more footbomat mashines, which can communicate with each other, and are able to detect, players position, distances, a.s.o. with cameras and sensors. This is the long term goal, but this project mainly tackels the part of developing and building a prototype.

Lightweight Supersledge
Duration:
2017 - 2018

Project Lead:
Bernhard Hollaus, M.Sc.

Description:
Sledding is one of the marginal sports worldwide, but has been popular in the DACH region for centuries. For generations, the geometry of wooden sledges has been optimized through frequent testing of the experience gained. By pulling in new materials, especially the fiber-reinforced plastic, the weight of an existing sledge could be reduced by approx. 50% in the Lightweigth Supersledge project. Now the fast sports sledge weighs only 4 kg and offers considerable advantages compared to the classic wooden sledge from both a sporting and logistical point of view.

Evidence-based Physical Activities in Sport and Health Tourism (e-Past)
Duration:
2019 - 2021

Project Lead:
a.o. Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Alexander Hörbst, Bakk.techn.

Description:
Ziel dieses Qualifizierungsnetzwerkes ist es, ausgewählten Multiplikator/innen der beteiligten Unternehmenspartner im Tourismus ein primär evidenzbasiertes Wissen - beruhend auf relevanter und qualitativ hochwertiger Forschung - sowie praktische Kompetenzen in den Bereichen Bewegungs- und Gesundheitsverhalten sowie Digitalisierung zu vermitteln. Der Sport- und Gesundheitstourismus erlebt in den letzten Jahren ein stetiges Wachstum. Qualität ist in diesem Bereich besonders wichtig, da es sich um die Gesundheit des Menschen handelt. Um diese Qualität in den einzelnen (touristischen) Unternehmen zu gewährleisten und um auf die fortschreitende Digitalisierung wettbewerbsfähig agieren zu können, wird das Qualifizierungsnetzwerk E-PAST entwickelt. Die wissenschaftlichen Partner der UIBK, UMIT und MUI geben ihr Wissen in verschiedenen Modulen an ausgewählte Multiplikator/innen (insbesondere die Bereichsleiter der jeweiligen Gesundheits-, Bewegungs-, Spa- und Wellnessresorts inklusive ihrer Mitarbeiter) der Unternehmen weiter. Hierbei ist die Teilnahme an zwei sechstägigen Basismodulen verpflichtend geplant, zur Vertiefung und Spezialisierung können bis zu sechs zweitägige weitere Module besucht werden. Durch die theoretische und praktische Vermittlung von Expert/innen aus den jeweiligen Themengebieten, die sowohl fachlich als auch didaktisch eine hohe Kompetenz aufweisen, ist die Nachhaltigkeit der Wissensvermittlung gewährleistet. In den Modulen sollen Grundlagen und aktuelle Forschungserkenntnisse in den Bereichen Gesundheit und Digitalisierung vermittelt werden, praktische Leitfäden für die Arbeit mit den Gästen erarbeitet werden und digitale Applikationen zur Verfügung gestellt werden, mit denen nachhaltige Gesundheitseffekte über den Aufenthalt der Gäste hinaus erzielt werden können. Neben dem direkten Einfluss des gewonnen Wissens auf die Umsetzung und Vermittlung an die touristischen Gäste im eigenen Unternehmen, fördert das Qualifizierungsnetzwerk E-PAST die Kooperation aller beteiligten Partner und kann infolge dessen zu weiteren Forschungsprojekten insbesondere im Bereich Digitalisierung führen.

Temperable compression stocking
Duration:
2018 - 2019

Project Lead:
Bernhard Hollaus, M.Sc.

Team:
Mattias Abfalterer, BSc

Description:
Thanks to its fitness division, IHP has a lot of contact with athletes, trainers, physiotherapists and also sports doctors. In recent years, this close contact has resulted in a need for better and more individual rehabilitation in top and amateur sports. After injuries there is a desire to heal as quickly as possible. Physiotherapists try to support the healing process, for example by means of cold and heat therapy. In both cases, state-of-the-art devices are far from an optimum because they are neither individually adjustable nor can they be used universally. The aim of this project is to close this gap and to develop a universally applicable, individually controllable cold and heat therapy device for use in rehabilitation, as well as for acute injuries and in the period after an injury event.

Quarterceive 2.0
Duration:
2017 - 2018

Project Lead:
Bernhard Hollaus, M.Sc.

Description:
The goal of the project is on the one hand to develop an app and the underlying hardware, on the other hand to gain scientific knowledge in the field of sports science in American football. With the core functionalities of the app, it should be possible to send training machines appearances and commands on the basis of evaluable data.


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  • Patent Nr. EP2629737B1