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Connectivity for Healthcare and Well-Being Management: Examples from Six European Projects
Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, Devon, UK
Telefónica I+D, Parque Technológico Walqa, Edif. 1, Ctra Zaragoza 330 km, 58 Huesca, 22199 Spain
School of Computing and Mathematics and Computer Science Research Institute, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland, UK
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence - DFKI GmbH, Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Access Technologies Group, Wilhelm-Blos-Str. 8, 72793 Pfullingen, Germany
Artificial Intelligence Section (IA), LSI - Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Edificis C5-C6, Campus Nord, Jordi Girona 1-3, E-08034 Barcelona, Spain
TecnoDiscap Group, University of Zaragoza, Maria de Luna 1/3, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Received: 26 May 2009; Accepted: 2 July 2009 / Published: 6 July 2009
Abstract: Technological advances and societal changes in recent years have contributed to a shift in traditional care models and in the relationship between patients and their doctors/carers, with (in general) an increase in the patient-carer physical distance and corresponding changes in the modes of access to relevant care information by all groups. The objective of this paper is to showcase the research efforts of six projects (that the authors are currently, or have recently been, involved in), CAALYX, eCAALYX, COGKNOW, EasyLine+, I2HOME, and SHARE-it, all funded by the European Commission towards a future where citizens can take an active role into managing their own healthcare. Most importantly, sensitive groups of citizens, such as the elderly, chronically ill and those suffering from various physical and cognitive disabilities, will be able to maintain vital and feature-rich connections with their families, friends and healthcare providers, who can then respond to, and prevent, the development of adverse health conditions in those they care for in a timely manner, wherever the carers and the people cared for happen to be.
Keywords: telehealthcare; telehealth; telemonitoring; telecare; homecare; well-being and lifestyle management; wireless body area networks; assistive technologies; domotics; eHealth; Internet; older people
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Kamel Boulos, M.N.; Lou, R.C.; Anastasiou, A.; Nugent, C.D.; Alexandersson, J.; Zimmermann, G.; Cortes, U.; Casas, R. Connectivity for Healthcare and Well-Being Management: Examples from Six European Projects. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1947-1971.
Kamel Boulos MN, Lou RC, Anastasiou A, Nugent CD, Alexandersson J, Zimmermann G, Cortes U, Casas R. Connectivity for Healthcare and Well-Being Management: Examples from Six European Projects. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(7):1947-1971.
Kamel Boulos, Maged N.; Lou, Ricardo Castellot; Anastasiou, Athanasios; Nugent, Chris D.; Alexandersson, Jan; Zimmermann, Gottfried; Cortes, Ulises; Casas, Roberto. 2009. "Connectivity for Healthcare and Well-Being Management: Examples from Six European Projects." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 7: 1947-1971.