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Wearable technologies in respiratory functional assessment

Chair: Ioannis Vogiatzis (United Kingdom); Speaker: Andrea Aliverti (Italy)

In the very near future, diagnostic devices will be able to monitor a patient’s physiological or biochemical parameters continuously, under natural physiological conditions and in any environment through wearable biomedical sensors. Together with apps that capture and interpret data, and integrated enterprise and cloud data repositories, the networks of wearable devices and body area networks will constitute the healthcare’s Internet of Things. Although several issues still need to be solved, smart wearable technologies will provide unique opportunities for the future or personalised respiratory medicine.

Educational aims

The audience will be offered a review of state-of-the-art regarding the sensors, systems and platforms currently available for respiratory patient’s remote monitoring through wearables. Moreover, it will have the opportunity to know the current trends, not only in terms of technological development but also in terms of regulatory issues of medical device entities.


Lecture (40 mins, including multiple choice questions) + discussion.


  • Wearable technology for respiratory assessment (oxygen saturation, minute ventilation, respiratory rate and breathing pattern) and other physiological/non physiological parameters (activity, environment/air quality, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, etc)
  • Communication systems
  • Clinical studies
  • Other issues (socio-economic considerations, health outcomes improvement, legal issues, data protection regulation, adherence)

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main advantages and current limitations of wearables for continuous remote monitoring of patients with respiratory diseases. This will have an important impact on the current and future clinical practice, including the management of CoVid-19 disease.

CME credit:

This webinar is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP), 1 CME credit per 1-hour attendance. The CME credit will be granted upon attendance during the LIVE webinar only (attendance of at least 60 minutes is required).

What is a webinar?

The webinar closely simulates a lecture-based teaching experience. The speaker can interact with the audience, just as in a classroom setting.

This webinar comprises of a 40-minute lecture followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer sessions. During the webinar you will be asked to share your opinion on issues related to the topic using interactive polls.

All participants will be able to hear the lecturer and see the slides throughout the presentation. As a participant you will be able to pose questions or discuss ideas with the other participants via the text chat facility and the speaker will respond to the questions via the microphone.

Login guidelines

More information will be communicated in due course.

  • Please log in to the webinar 20 minutes before it is scheduled to commence. If you have any technical difficulties whilst trying to log in or during the session please contact
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  • Please also ensure that your audio settings are not set to mute and adjust the volume to a comfortable level.

Target Audience

  • Adult Pulmonologist/Clinician
  • Clinical Researcher
  • General Practitioner
  • Medical Technical Assistant
  • Nurse
  • Paediatrician
  • Pathologist
  • Patient
  • Physician in Pulmonary Training
  • Physiologist
  • Radiologist
  • Respiratory Critical Care Physician
  • Respiratory physiotherapist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Scientist (basic, translational)
  • Thoracic Oncologist
  • Thoracic Surgeon

Diseases / Methods

Airway diseases
Interstitial lung diseases
Paediatric respiratory diseases
Pulmonary vascular diseases
Respiratory critical care
Respiratory infections
Sleep and breathing disorders
Thoracic oncology
Cell and molecular biology
Endoscopy and interventional pulmonology
General respiratory patient care
Public health
Pulmonary function testing
Respiratory intensive care