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Knowledge-based homecare eServices for an ageing Europe

Objective

In eHealth it is increasingly necessary to develop tele-informatic applications to support people involved in providing basic medical care (physicians, nurses, patients, relatives, and citizens in general).The care of chronic and disabled patients involves life long treatment under continuous expert supervision. Moreover, health care workers and patients accept that being cared for in hospitals or residential facilities may be unnecessary and even counterproductive.

From a global view, such patients may saturate national health services and increase health related costs. The debate over the crisis of financing health care is open and is a basic political issue for old and new EU member countries and could hinder European convergence. To face these challenges we can differentiate medical assistance in health centres from assistance in a ubiquitous way (Home Care -HC- model); the latter can undoubtedly benefit from the introduction of ICT.

This project will develop a platform to manage the information needed to guarantee an ICT Home Care service. It will:
- integrate information of different types and from different sources.
- be integrated with ICT whilst ensuring private and customized data access.
- use ontologies to define the profile of accessing subjects (e.g. physicians, patient) and objects (e.g. disease, case study).
- have a mechanism to combine and refine the ontologies to personalize the system, taking into account the way a physician works and the individual patient characteristics.
- incorporate 'know-how' from geriatric clinical guidelines as Intervention Plans (IP).
- generate IPs from the healthcare centres databases if clinical guidelines do not exist or are inappropriate for a particular situation.
- configure a knowledge-based decision support tool that can supply eServices to all subjects involved in the Home Care model.
- extract evidence from real patients and integrate it with published evidence derived from RCT.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD ROVIRA I VIRGILI
Address
Carrer De Escorxador S/n
Tarragona
Spain

Participants (12)

AZIENDA UNITA SANITARIA LOCALE ROMA B
Italy
Address
Via Filippo Meda 35
00157 Roma
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
Address
Zikova 4
Praha 6
COMUNE DI POLLENZA
Italy
Address
Piazza Liberta 16
62010 Pollenza
EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH.
Germany
Address
Science Park 1
66123 Saarbruecken
FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA
Italy
Address
Via Ardeatina 306
00179 Roma
FOVAROSI ONKORMANYZAT SZENT JANOS KORHAZ ES RENDELOINTEZET
Hungary
Address
Dios Arok 1-3
1125 Budapest
FUNDATIA ANA ASLAN INTERNATIONAL
Romania
Address
Piata Mihail Kogalniceanu No 1, Sc. 1, Ap 17
050064 Bucuresti Sectorul 5
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATO INTEZET
Hungary
Address
Kende U. 13-17
1111 Budapest
TELECOM ITALIA SPA
Italy
Address
Piazza Degli Affari 2
20123 Milano
THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE CARE OF THE ELDERLY
United Kingdom
Address
St Martins Hospital, Midford Road
BA2 5RP Bath
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
VSEOBECNA FAKULTNI NEMOCNICE V PRAZE
Czechia
Address
U Nemocnice 2
12808 Praha 2