Linskell J, Hill J. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 4(4)
This paper describes the role that smart home technology can play in enhancing the provision of supported living for people with complex needs and challenging behaviour. Intelligent building systems, or smart house technologies, offer a flexible environment that can be readily adapted and mapped onto the needs of service users and their carers. The effective management and presentation of information on the activity of service users can assist in planning care and facilitating responses to their needs in ways that promote individual dignity and independence.
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Marschollek, Michael, Informatics for Health and Social Care, 34(4)
The use of health-enabling technologies is regarded as one important means to face some of the challenges which accompany the demographic change with an expected rise in multi-morbidity and an increased need of care. A precondition for the sensible use of these technologies is their integration in existing information system structures, and – preferably – the enhancement of these into sensor-enhanced health information systems (seHIS). The aim of this review is to report on recent progress in seHIS, and thus to identify relevant areas of research that have to be addressed to provide patient-centered services in a semantically interoperable environment. A literature search in PubMed/Medline was combined with a manual search of papers (n = 1004) in three prominent health/medical informatics journals and one biomedical engineering journal starting from the year 2007. Despite a multitude of papers that present advanced systems using health-enabling technologies, only few papers could be identified that explicitly describe the design of seHIS or the integration of health-enabling technologies into health information systems. Recurring statements emphasise the importance of the following areas of research: patient-centered care using all available sources of information, data security, the stringent use of data representation and device connectivity standards, and adequate methods for data fusion and diagnostic analysis.
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Marsh, Andrew J et al, Handbook of Digital Homecare, 2009
Since the population of elderly people grows absolutely and in relation to the overall population in the world, the improvement of the quality of life of elderly people at home is of a great importance. This can be achieved through the development of generic technologies for managing their domestic ambient environment consisting of medical sensors, entertainment equipment, home automation systems and white goods, increasing their autonomy and safety.
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Costa, Ricardo et al, Electronic Healthcare, 138-144, 2009
Innovative healthcare projects are arising in today’s society, normally presenting as major advantage the reduction of care provider’s costs. Being these advantage a legitimate one, we are trying to take it a step forward through the use of proactiveness, decision making techniques, idea generation, argumentation and quality, not only of the in transit information, but also of the provided service as well. With these objectives in mind, the VirtualECare project was born. In this paper we are going to briefly present the project and make a position of the actual developments in this first year of work.
Singh, Manju et al, International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, 2, no. 3 (2009)
A new web-based patients’ monitoring and diagnosis system in lab-view environment is developed, to acquire, store and process the data, by connecting the patient to a specialist for detecting, online, alert high-risk stages. Graphical User-friendly Interfaces (GUIs) are used to display, communicate and process Heart Rate (HR), and beat-to-beat rate (RR) intervals, from raw sensor data of ECG signal, pulse rate, body temperature.
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Weerasinghe, Dasun (ed.), eHealth 2008, 2009
eHealth 2008, the First International Conference on Electronic healthcare for the twenty-first century, was held in City University, London, during September 8-9, 2008. The conference was organized as a meeting point for telecare product vendors, policy makers, government ministers, academics, clinicians and all those involved in electronic and mobile health, to examine and to share ideas contributing to the advancement of electronic healthcare into the twenty-first century.
The conference had a huge success with a large number of paper submissions. Ninety-seven papers were submitted, of which 32 were selected for presentation. Each paper was carefully reviewed blindly by a minimum of three referees from the respective field. A special thanks should go to the Technical Program Committee for their hard and efficient work in the review process.
In addition to the submitted contributions, the conference included a business presentation
track with 12 invited talks by key people in the world of eHealth. The business presentation track was chaired by Sir Jonathan Michael (Deputy Director, BT Health).
The success of this conference is to be credited to the contribution of many people.
Firstly, I would like to thank the members of the Organizing Committee for their diligence and commitment to the tasks involved. I would like to thank Raj Rajarajan (City University, London) for making the idea of the eHealth 2008 conference a reality with his hard work. Moreover, a special thanks should go to the ICST and Create-NET for technical sponsorship of the event. Last but not least, I would like to thank all the authors who submitted papers, making the conference possible, and the authors of accepted papers for their cooperation.