About the project

NYMPHA project focuses on the implementation of a Pre-Commercial Procurement of mobile ehealth services for supporting physicians and patients in the treatment of bipolar disorder through continuous patients monitoring in order to dynamically support illness management and potentially identify early deviations in mood and attitudes suggesting the onset of a crisis.


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PCP Model

The three-phase approach of the PCP is described below:

This phase will consist in the presentation of innovative technological solutions and the production of feasibility studies comprising the proposed technologies, the sustainability of the service, the economic expected impacts, the relevance of the proposers to mobile health domain and the organizational aspects of the implementation. Participants to this phase will produce a report containing the results of the feasibility study.
This phase will start with the selection of a subset of proposers of the feasibility plan each to conduct the development of a working prototype of the solution. Within this time, the prototypes will be built and evaluated in order to identify the extent on which they fulfil the expected requirements defined by the tender in terms of performance, functionalities and technical stability. The output of this phase will be the actual prototype and its specification and the preliminary results on laboratory tests. Additionally, the selected Consortia will provide a plan for implementation of the pilot tests including the methodology and potential outcomes from technical, economic and medical viewpoints.
The third phase of the Joint Research Activities will consist in the implementation of the pre-commercial pilot in the three sites (Trento, Copenhagen and Barcelona). The objective of this phase is to assess and evaluate the proposed PCP solutions as a result of the implementation of the defined functionalities into a pilot test involving a limited number of users operating in real-life conditions. The outcome of this phase will be a full test and evaluation of the PCP solutions against various criteria such as the technical, economic and medical viability for enabling innovative and sustainable mobile health services for improving treatment of bipolar disorder.

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Mobile Health Services for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a common and complex mental disorder with a prevalence of 1-2 % and accounts as one of the most important causes of disability at age 15-44 years worldwide. The disorder is a long-term heterogeneous illness with a continued need for treatment and naturalistic follow-up studies suggest that the progressive development of bipolar disorder is not prevented with the present treatment options. Electronic versions of self-monitoring tools and symptom registration using computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), text messages, and web interfaces have been described in the literature and a number of commercial Smartphone applications (e.g. Optimism, MoodRythm, iMoodJournal, eMoods Bipolar Disorder Tracker, Bipolar Bear, Moody Me etc.) for patients with bipolar disorder are available on the market.