Maastricht University Medical Centre+ is a partnership between Maastricht University Hospital and Maastricht University’s Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences. Its mission is to provide the best possible care and improving health in the region by integrating patient care, research, and education. In 2025, the MUMC+ wants to be the national leader in digital health.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the spearheads of care and research within the MUMC+ department of Respiratory Medicine. Acute disease deteriorations (“exacerbations of COPD”) put high pressure on hospital care and are associated with significant (healthcare) costs. By introducing home monitoring with an mHealth application (Monitair®), the department of Respiratory Medicine wants to support people with COPD to treat lung attacks earlier, thereby reducing disease burden and healthcare costs.
The implementability and value of this mHealth application is yet to be determined. Together with the Department of Respiratory Medicine as a co-creator, students will work on assessing feasibility of the Monitair® in the COPD outpatient clinic, integrating and optimising this application within the COPD care pathway and exploring its cost effectiveness.
Results of this project will contribute to the evaluation of the Monitair® for use within the Dutch healthcare system.