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Sensors 2012, 12(9), 11435-11450; doi:10.3390/s120911435

Enhancing Health Care Delivery through Ambient Intelligence Applications

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1 Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology—Hellas (FORTH), N. Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton, GR-70013, Heraklion, Crete, Greece 2 Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, P.O. 2208, Knossos Avenue, GR-71409, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Received: 29 May 2012 / Revised: 12 July 2012 / Accepted: 15 August 2012 / Published: 24 August 2012
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This paper presents the implementation of a smart environment that employs Ambient Intelligence technologies in order to augment a typical hospital room with smart features that assist both patients and medical staff. In this environment various wireless and wired sensor technologies have been integrated, allowing the patient to control the environment and interact with the hospital facilities, while a clinically oriented interface allows for vital sign monitoring. The developed applications are presented both from a patient’s and a doctor’s perspective, offering different services depending on the user’s role. The results of the evaluation process illustrate the need for such a service, leading to important conclusions about the usefulness and crucial role of AmI in health care.
Keywords: Ambient Intelligence (AmI); e-Health; smart patient rooms; user interface development; smart hospital; health care Ambient Intelligence (AmI); e-Health; smart patient rooms; user interface development; smart hospital; health care
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Kartakis, S.; Sakkalis, V.; Tourlakis, P.; Zacharioudakis, G.; Stephanidis, C. Enhancing Health Care Delivery through Ambient Intelligence Applications. Sensors 2012, 12, 11435-11450.

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