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User profiling for coordinated and integrated care

Integrated care has been increasingly advocated as an approach to promote better coordination of services and quality of care at different levels. In this study, views were elicited from different users of the healthcare system (patients, informal carers and healthcare professionals) in four European countries. The views pertained to current states of care and the role that remote patient monitoring and telehealth in general can play to facilitate effective implementation of integrated care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

AMELIE: Authoring multimedia-enhanced learning interactive environment for e-health contents

This paper presents the AMELIE Authoring Tool for e-health applications. AMELIE provides the means for creating video-based contents with a focus on e-learning and telerehabilitation processes. The main core of AMELIE lies in the efficient exploitation of raw multimedia resources, which may be already available at clinical centers or recorded ad hoc for learning purposes by health professionals.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:21

S09-05 Beyond family burden - the complexities of carer roles

In her talk, Sigrid Steffen will speak about the core aims of EUFAMI in respect to family members and carers. Sigrid will base a lot of her talk around her own personal experience as a carer of a son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and she will augment this with experiences of other members of EUFAMI from across Europe. She will elaborate on the stresses and strains under which family members (the carers) come under and will discuss the challenges which carers face on a daily basis.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

WELCOME project: What do stakeholders want? in depth analysis of COPD patients, carers and healthcare professional views

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a growing health concern worldwide. Telehealth can facilitate integrated COPD care by providing an opportunity for remote monitoring, early diagnosis and clinical intervention. A design for a telehealth-based system called Wearable Sensing and Smart Cloud Computing for Integrated Care to COPD Patients with Co-morbidities (WELCOME) has been proposed. This study identifies patients', informal carers' and HCPs' acceptance of and requirements for the WELCOME system in four European countries: the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, Greece and Netherlands.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Supporting distant psycho-educational activities with a bio-feedback device

Caregivers of patients with dementia mainly face the problems such as psychological pressure in a daily basis, lack of knowledge and/or training about caring the patients and lack of knowledge about the consequences of dementia in patients’ behavior. These issues reveal the demand both for the support and the training for caregivers. Following this direction, we developed a web based platform to provide distant support for caregivers who are not able to participate in face to face sessions. This platform integrates services (i.e.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Differing perspectives on telecare: An attitudinal survey of older people, professional care workers and informal carers

This paper reports findings from a recent attitudinal survey into the implementation of telecare. Providing older people with increased independence to better meet their needs forms a key part of the care policy agenda in the UK. In this respect, telecare is perceived to be an important new weapon in the armoury of support services, which should result in fewer older people requiring institutional care and more remaining independent in their own homes for longer than would otherwise be the case.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Supporting carers through intelligent technology

Informal carers lack adequate practical and emotional support. This PhD investigates how a software agent could be used to help maintain a carer's personal social network by mediating communication and facilitating the provision of emotional and practical support. The agent should use features of the carer and their social network to provide a personalized support interface.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Real-time health monitoring and contextualised alerts using wearables

This paper presents the HealthMon framework towards accessible mobile health. Following the emergence of wearables with rich sensing capabilities in the market, HealthMon repurposes an affordable, retail wristband to clinical monitoring scenarios for conditions that impair independence e.g. dementia, Parkinson's or ageing. Multiple sensor modalities, such as physical activity levels, posture and heart rate, are unanimously stored and interpreted to produce real-time alerts, using Semantic Web technologies.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

A taxonomy of information needs of informal carers: An empirical investigation

Researchers and practitioners are increasingly aware of the importance of the information needs of informal carers. However, little research has investigated their information needs comprehensively within the lived experience of being an informal carer. This paper presents a taxonomy of information needs of informal carers that assists in understanding their information needs more fully.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15