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Enhancing Health Care Delivery through Ambient Intelligence Applications
Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology—Hellas (FORTH), N. Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton, GR-70013, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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; in revised form: 12 July 2012 / Accepted: 15 August 2012 / Published: 24 August 2012
Abstract: 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
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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.
Kartakis S, Sakkalis V, Tourlakis P, Zacharioudakis G, Stephanidis C. Enhancing Health Care Delivery through Ambient Intelligence Applications. Sensors. 2012; 12(9):11435-11450.
Kartakis, Sokratis; Sakkalis, Vangelis; Tourlakis, Panagiotis; Zacharioudakis, Georgios; Stephanidis, Constantine. 2012. "Enhancing Health Care Delivery through Ambient Intelligence Applications." Sensors 12, no. 9: 11435-11450.