Digi-NewB A new generation monitoring system in neonatology


Each year in Europe, more than 300000 babies are born prematurely. They are more exposed than others to the risk of sepsis, or infection.

What? Digi-NewB is an EU-funded project aiming to improve care for the newborns thanks to the development of a new generation monitoring system. The project has a particular focus on sepsis risk and maturation of premature newborns.

Who? Started on the 1st March 2016, the project gathers 7 partners from 4 countries (France, Ireland, Finland, Portugal) and will last 4 years. It is led by the Western Network of University Hospitals in France (GCS HUGO), and implemented by several universities (Rennes 1, Galway, INESC TEC, TUT Finland) and SMEs (Syncrophi, Voxygen Health). The clinical study is implemented in 6 University hospitals neonatology services, gathered into the western pediatric research network  HUGOPEREN (Rennes, Angers, Nantes, Brest, Poitiers, et Tours).

How? Our main focus is the development of a Decision Support System that will assist the clinician in decision-making processes. The system will be developed thanks to a non-invasive monitoring system that will aim to detect sepsis risk and monitor cardio-respiratory and neurobehavioral maturations. The system will accumulate a high amount of physiological data, and data coming from video and sound.


The main objective is to improve care for the newborns in neonatal units by reducing mortality, morbidity and health costs. Sub-objectives include:

  • The implementation of a large clinical study that will consists in monitoring more than 700 newborns in 6 different hospitals (Rennes, Angers, Nantes, Brest, Poitiers, Tours)
  • The identification of relevant parameters and development of composite indices to be displayed on a dedicated interface in neonatology units
  • The improvement and validation of the Decision support system with regards to diagnosis relevance and to user experience, especially in complex situations

The proposed new class of monitoring will lead to development of novel preventive and therapeutic strategies to counteract late diagnosis of sepsis and inappropriate evaluation of maturity.

Digi-NewB has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689260 . This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

partners / contact

Groupement de Coopération Sanitaire des Hôpitaux Universitaires du Grand Ouest


Laurence Jay-Passot

Laurence Jay-Passot

Secretary General

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes


Patrick Pladys

Patrick Pladys

Chief of Clinic in Pediatrics and Professor at Medicines Faculty

Université de Rennes 1 - Laboratoire du traitement du signal et de l'image


Guy Carrault

Guy Carrault

Professor, co-leader of Image and signal processing laboratory in Rennes

Tampere University


Alpo Varri

Alpo Varri

Associate professor, Dpt of Signal processing



Olivier ROSEC

Olivier ROSEC

R&D Director



Luis Antunes

Luis Antunes

Senior Researcher and professor

National University of Ireland, Galway


Gearóid Ó Laighin

Gearóid Ó Laighin

Professor of Electronic Engineering

Syncrophi Systems Ltd


Gerard Lyons

Gerard Lyons


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Start 01/03/2016
End 31/05/2020
Premature newborns 000 premature newborns each year in Europe
risk of infection -20 % are at risk of infection
newborns monitored + newborns monitored during the project


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Updates on the clinical study


The clinical study achieved 568 inclusions by 15th November. In particular: Rennes, first center to include and leading center, reached...

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Feedback on 8th Consortium meeting in Paris


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Digi-NewB advisory board meets in Paris


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Digi-NewB in the press


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[Press release] First system demonstration now operational


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New project promotional videos


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7th Consortium meeting in Rennes


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400 inclusions reached!


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8th Consortium meeting and Advisory Board meeting

The Consortium and AB meetings are organised in Paris and will come to support collaborative work for the final project phase.


7th Consortium meeting - Rennes

This consortium meeting will see the first full Digi-NewB system demonstration, and will aim to get prepared for the final project year and upcoming review meeting.


6th Consortium meeting Rennes, France

This meeting aimed to boost the final project year plans and prepare for the full system demonstration in March 2019.


5th Consortium meeting Galway, Ireland

The 5th Consortium meeting of Digi-NewB will take place in Galway, Ireland. Two years after the project start, the project now enters into an operational phase for the future Digi-NewB system. The plans for the last two years will be clarified.


Fourth Consortium meeting in Porto

With more than 100 patients included in the clinical study, 5 hospital centers out of 6 recruiting actively patients, new data processing methods implemented by our research teams and much more insights into user needs and future system requirements, this consortium meeting is promising. Many working groups will aim to take key decisions that will drive the next project years. Our partner INESC TEC is hosting this two-day meeting.


Press releases

Communiqué de presse Lancement de Digi-NewB

[Presse] Première démonstration du système Digi-NewB

[Press release] First system demonstration now operational


Information on the newsletter

Newsletter #7 EN

Newsletter #7 FR

Newsletter #8 EN

Newsletter #8 FR

Scientific publications

Scientific publications Digi-NewB

Digi-NewB in a nutshell

Standard presentation Digi-NewB

Communication tools

Flyer for conferences (EN)

Flyer for parents (FR)

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