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Acceptance and Potential Impact of the eWALL Platform for Health Monitoring and Promotion in Persons with a Chronic Disease or Age-Related Impairment

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IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana, 00166 Rome, Italy
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Roessingh Research and Development, 7522 AH Enschede, The Netherlands
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Department of Business Development and Technology, BTECH, Aarhus University, 7400 Herning, Denmark
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Innovation Sprint, 1200 Brussels, Belgium
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AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, 1210 Wien, Austria
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Department of Human Sciences and Quality of Life Promotion, San Raffaele University, 00163 Rome, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7893; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217893
Received: 28 September 2020 / Revised: 22 October 2020 / Accepted: 24 October 2020 / Published: 28 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applied Health Technology)
Pervasive health technologies can increase the effectiveness of personal health monitoring and training, but more user studies are necessary to understand the interest for these technologies, and how they should be designed and implemented. In the present study, we evaluated eWALL, a user-centered pervasive health technology consisting of a platform that monitors users’ physical and cognitive behavior, providing feedback and motivation via an easy-to-use, touch-based user interface. The eWALL was placed for one month in the home of 48 subjects with a chronic condition (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—COPD or mild cognitive impairment—MCI) or with an age-related impairment. User acceptance, platform use, and potential clinical effects were evaluated using surveys, data logs, and clinical scales. Although some features of the platform need to be improved before reaching technical maturity and making a difference in patients’ lives, the real-life evaluation of eWALL has shown how some features may influence patients’ intention to use this promising technology. Furthermore, this study made it clear how the free use of different health apps is modulated by the real needs of the patient and by their usefulness in the context of the patient’s clinical status. View Full-Text
Keywords: eHealth; telemonitoring; telerehabilitation; ICT platform; acceptance of technology; user experience; MCI; COPD; chronicity; frailty; patient empowerment; pervasive healthcare; health apps eHealth; telemonitoring; telerehabilitation; ICT platform; acceptance of technology; user experience; MCI; COPD; chronicity; frailty; patient empowerment; pervasive healthcare; health apps
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Infarinato, F.; Jansen-Kosterink, S.; Romano, P.; van Velsen, L.; op den Akker, H.; Rizza, F.; Ottaviani, M.; Kyriazakos, S.; Wais-Zechmann, B.; Garschall, M.; Bonassi, S.; Hermens, H.J. Acceptance and Potential Impact of the eWALL Platform for Health Monitoring and Promotion in Persons with a Chronic Disease or Age-Related Impairment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7893. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217893

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Infarinato F, Jansen-Kosterink S, Romano P, van Velsen L, op den Akker H, Rizza F, Ottaviani M, Kyriazakos S, Wais-Zechmann B, Garschall M, Bonassi S, Hermens HJ. Acceptance and Potential Impact of the eWALL Platform for Health Monitoring and Promotion in Persons with a Chronic Disease or Age-Related Impairment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7893. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217893

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Infarinato, Francesco, Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink, Paola Romano, Lex van Velsen, Harm op den Akker, Federica Rizza, Marco Ottaviani, Sofoklis Kyriazakos, Beatrix Wais-Zechmann, Markus Garschall, Stefano Bonassi, and Hermie J. Hermens 2020. "Acceptance and Potential Impact of the eWALL Platform for Health Monitoring and Promotion in Persons with a Chronic Disease or Age-Related Impairment" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 7893. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217893

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