MigraineNet is a project which is funded by FI-Adopt project accelerator.

The project is motivated by the fact that currently, there has been an increasing need for developing technology that may realize new disruptive business models reducing healthcare delivery cost, opening up the access to (self-)care and driving a healthier lifestyle adoption. Migraine is a neurological disorder that causes both medical costs and loss of productivity, while it also has significant negative societal impacts.

To that respect, this project will deliver a novel mobile application that will increase awareness with respect to migraines and provide personalized information on the causes and first aid in terms of (self-)treatment. The associated cloud platform will exploit 3 heterogeneous kinds of information:

  • a) rich data coming from social media or existing mobile applications, so as to aggregate the past experience of the individuals and build knowledge on causes and treatment;
  • b) personal information such as the individual’s sex, age, habits and other known medical/environmental/working conditions and
  • c) information from wearable devices that makes health monitoring be pervasive and seamless.

The platform will be built and validated using the FI-PPP technologies and enablers, e.g., for the development of knowledge building mechanisms, while a sustainability plan will be provided elaborating on how the project intends to reach its market potential.

Finally, two migraine experts, Dr. M. Vikelis and Dr. M. Dermitzakis, experienced neurologists and members of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Headache Society (http://www.kefalalgia.gr/), act as health consultants in the project so as to ensure the scientific validity of the application.


Background and Concept

The concept of this project comes from the medical area, has been motivated by the fact that the social media can be exploited for medical awareness and it is well-related to the instinctive tendency of people to try to learn as much as they can with respect to their medical conditions.

Towards this direction, the project targets at locating and retrieving as much information as possible with respect to migraines, aggregating it, analysing it and providing high-level and personalized knowledge.

The article "Twitter is your new migraine doctor!" has provided us a good motive to focus on this specific medical condition. Aspects that will be considered for the analysis are, but not limited to, the habits of the user (e.g., profession, area where they live, working hours, dietary habits, physical activities), the age and the sex of the user, other medical conditions (e.g., eye/neck problems, hormonal/sleeping disorders) and the environmental conditions, wearable devices and interaction with diary mobile applications related to e.g., food, sleep activity, hormones track could provide further personalized information. The application will be capable of:

  • a) predicting and prioritizing the most possible causes that apply in the migraine instance of the user,
  • b) suggesting ways to relief the migraine (e.g., dietary suggestions, physical activities, relaxation techniques involving actuators when possible) and medicines,
  • c) guiding the user to nearby pharmacies/doctor,
  • d) proposing relevant articles,
  • e) supporting calendar view and extraction of logged past incidents.

An overview of the concept is depicted in the figure that follows.

Use Case Scenario

The proposed mobile application will be tested based on the following use case scenario: A user that suffers from migraines decides to use the proposed mobile application. Initially, the user needs to download the application and allow its installation in his mobile device. The first time that the user will visit this application, it will ask the user to create his profile, i.e., select his credentials for the application (username and password) and insert some personal information. The user may select to provide all the requested information, part of it or no information at all. In this case, the application will inform the user how important it is to enter his personal information so as to get personalized insights on the causes and potential treatments of his medical condition. The user will be able to adjust this information any time he wishes.

Following, based on the profile information of the user, the application will suggest the user types of wearable devices he may use for enhancing its performance. If the user is reluctant to buy/use additional wearable devices, then he will be asked to register any wearable device and application for migraine he may already have and MigraineNet will correlate it to measurements that are valuable to its performance.

Assuming that the user suffers from a new migraine incident and would like to identify potential causes and/or treatments, he will need to visit the application and initialize a new log of the incident. The application will use the personal information of the user (from his profile), device information such as the time, the location, etc., and measurements from the “up and running” wearable devices of the user in order to provide the user with insights for the potential cause of his migraine, accompanied by the possibility to apply in the specific case, in his mobile device.

Moreover, the application will offer the user the capability to a) reach articles that relate the migraine with each of the potential causes, b) find a way to relief his migraine and c) view a map of the nearby area that depicts pharmacies and/or doctors. When a suggested treatment is related to an "up and running" actuator, the activation and the guidance of the latter will also be feasible through MigraineNet. Finally, the user will be able at any time to connect to the calendar placeholder of the application and a) retrieve/view his past experiences of migraines, b) create a PDF file with all his past migraine incidents and c) share his condition, the cause and the way he treated it with his doctor and/or the community through e.g., social media.

Video: Register New User

Video: Register New Incident

Video: Daily Forms