Health and Care
An ageing population, decrease of workforce in the healthcare sector and sustainability questions in view of healthcare economics are predominant in many EU countries. Adequate ICT and FI services, such as telemedicine, telemonitoring, distant coaching, decision support and smart ambient assisted living (AAL) solutions can contribute to a more sustainable and qualitative care for the elderly people or for people with chronic care needs in general.
At IBCN following components of the future Health and Care services are being researched:
- Wireless sensor networks and mesh networks will allow for massive data collection with respect to the individuals receiving distant care. These services should be ubiquitous in nature and be available any time, any place. Mobility of patients should be encouraged and supported as being an essential factor in view of social inclusion and feelings of comfort. Secure and efficient cross-networking solutions are thereby essential. Virtual network technology solutions are being researched as a means of providing easy and secure deployment strategies for healthcare networks.
- Optimized data collection and handling in view of the future Health & Care model is predominant. Huge amount of data will be collected on a daily basis, but efficacy should be kept in mind. Overload of data towards the healthcare workforce can easily be created and anxiety of patients increased. Intelligent back-end and service solutions are being researched at IBCN, for e.g. based on machine learning techniques, ontology-based knowledge representation, reasoning and inference on ontology’s, self-learning software techniques, work flow mgt with optimized resource efficiency, resilience and support for dynamic updates and clinical decision support software. Also cloud-computing concepts are being investigated in order to support the healthcare providers.
- Last but not least IBCN is doing research on the techno-economic aspects of ICT supported health and care solutions. How can an economic viable model be established, considering all actors will benefit? A detailed analysis of the capital and operational costs, as well as directs revenues and indirect savings (due to optimizations in operational processes) must be elaborated. The most valid approach seems an ‘open’ system, giving the opportunity to add services/applications by different actors (government, service providers, insurance companies, etc).
Care4Balance, O'CareClouds, FallRisk, ORCA, SmartPro
ACCIO, DEUS, COSARA, Minimising Interference, Transecare, IM3, Coplintho, BAN