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.