Unobtrusive smart environments for independent living and the role of mixed methods in elderly healthcare delivery: The USEFIL approach

Alexander Astaras, Hadas Lewy, Christopher James, Artem Katasonov, Detlef Ruschin, Panagiotis D. Bamidis

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    Abstract

    In this chapter the authors describe a novel approach to healthcare delivery for the elderly as adopted by USEFIL, a research project which uses unobtrusive, multi-parametric sensor data collection to support seniors. The system is based on everyday devices such as an in-mirror camera, smart TV, wrist-mountable personal communicator and a tablet computer strategically distributed around the house. It exploits sensor data fusion, intelligent decision support for carers, remote alerting, secure data communications and insurstorage. A combined quantitative and qualitative knowledgebase was established and analysed, target groups were established among elderly prospective users and scenarios were built around each group. Use cases have been prioritised according to quantitative functional and non-functional criteria. Our research findings suggest that an unobtrusive system such as USEFIL could potentially make a significant difference in the quality of life of elderly people, improve the focus of provided healthcare and support their daily independent living activities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHealth Care Delivery and Clinical Science
    Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
    PublisherIGI Global
    Pages1307-1324
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9781522539285
    ISBN (Print)1522539263, 9781522539261
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

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    Astaras, A., Lewy, H., James, C., Katasonov, A., Ruschin, D., & Bamidis, P. D. (2017). Unobtrusive smart environments for independent living and the role of mixed methods in elderly healthcare delivery: The USEFIL approach. In Health Care Delivery and Clinical Science: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 1307-1324). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-3926-1.ch066