Project Title: Remote health and social care for independent living of isolated elderly with chronic conditions
Duration: 42 months (01/04/2009 – 31/10/2012)
Description: REMOTE is an AAL project that aims at advancing the state-of-the-art in fields of tele-healthcare and ambient intelligence by enhancing the elderly’s home with audio-visual, sensor, motoric monitoring and automation abilities to trace vital signs, activity, behaviour and health condition, and detect risks and critical situations, as well as provide, proactively and reactively, effective and efficient support at home. This paper presents the project objectives, the approach and principles endorsed, and the expected results. Overall, REMOTE is characterised by: a user-centered philosophy and consistent involvement of users; processes for reaching consensus among all stakeholders; strong commitment to ethical and legal issues; sound scientific and evidence-based methods (incl. real context pilots in 6 countries) to measure usability, impact and acceptance of the developments by elderly populations.
Objectives: REMOTE aims at defining and establishing a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to R&D of ICT for addressing, in real life contexts, identified needs of frail elderly, especially of citizens at risk due to geographic and social isolation in combination with chronic conditions , such as hypertension, arthritis, asthma, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, and the coexistence of lifestyle risk factors, such as obesity, blood pressure, smoking, alcohol abuse, poor eating / drinking habits, stress, and low levels of physical activity. To this end, the project will advance the state-of-the-art in fields of tele-healthcare and ambient intelligence (AmI) and enhance the elderly’s personal environment with audio-visual, sensor / motoric monitoring, and automation abilities for tracing vital signs, activity, behaviour and health condition, and detecting risks and critical situations as well as providing, proactively and reactively, effective and efficient support at home. In particular, scale-up of existing research prototypes and development of new systems for collecting, recording and analysing health- and context-related data will be deployed in the course of the project. These include, on the one hand, wearables and sensors  for detecting intra-oral miniature wetness and jaw movements, body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, human posture and motion / acceleration recognition, etc., and, on the other hand, sensors and actuators to be installed in premises (and vehicles), for providing context information, e.g., air temperature, luminance, humidity, human location and motion, etc. Then, in order to focus on the specific risks and problems experienced by elder individuals with chronic conditions because of living on their own (about 1 in 3) or due to the growing gap between urban and rural areas, the project is aimed to enable professional carers to access remotely such real-time and past activity and medical data of their patients at anytime and from anywhere, and to promptly diagnose and react to health and life risks. The project introduces an innovative, ontology-driven, open reference architecture and platform to enable interoperability, seamless connectivity and content sharing among different applications and services.
HIT key role and responsibilities: HIT is Partner in the project.
Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris
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