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Integrated prevention and Detection sOlutioNs Tailored to the population and Risk Factors associated with FALLs

Objective

Falls are the most prominent among the external causes of unintentional injury, since they account for approximately 40% of all injury deaths. Fall rates (and related mortality rates) vary depending on the country and the studied population. At the same time, falls are also associated with various risk factors, spanning the areas of biological, behavioral, environmental, and socioeconomic factors. In addition to this broad categorization, studies show that falls are commonly a result of the elderly/patients conditions and status including for example conditions associated with balance / gait, cardiovascular, medication, feet / footwear, vision, medical, depression, as well as other risk factors. In the recent years, ICT technologies have manifested their potential to enhance the autonomy and quality of life of elderly people, through boosting detection and/or prevention of elderly falls. Likewise, ICT solutions for fall detection and prevention could significantly reduce the cost associated with elderly care.

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The value and effectiveness of these solutions could be maximized on the basis of their further integration and combination, but mainly on their tailoring to specific target groups and risk factors. This tailoring could allow potential fallers to use the most appropriate devices, modalities and program (e.g. in terms of proper frequencies/combinations for using certain devices). I-DONT-FALL project tackles this problem by testing integrated and fall management solutions, while allowing the tailoring of fall technological solutions to the specific needs, root causes, risk factors and cultural factors associated with fall incidents.

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The main goal of the I-DONT-FALL project is to deploy, pilot and evaluate a range of innovative ICT solutions for fall detection and prevention management. The platform will be flexibly configured to the needs of specific target groups and risk factors associated with fall incidents. Based on the I-DONT-FALL integrated platform: (a) End-users will enjoy tailored fall technological solutions, while (b) Medical experts and health professionals will be offered a wide range of tools, enabling them to customize fall solutions to the end-users’ needs. The effectiveness of the solutions will be tested by over 500 elderly users/ patients across different countries, cultures, age groups and fall risk factors. From a policy perspective, the project will elicit best practices for tailoring fall management solutions to specific risk factors, root causes and users’ (fallers’) needs.

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In particular, the I-DONT-FALL project will contribute to:
1. Substantially prolonging the time that elderly people can live independently at home by providing ICT-based safety and fall prevention/detection services;
2. Delivering evidence of improvements in the quality of life of older people and their families, as well as for health and social care systems and services;
3. Facilitating wide take-up of ICT based fall prevention solutions across Europe;
4. Ensuring a world leading position of European industry in innovative markets for ICT based solutions that support independent living and the ageing population

Coordinator

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Address

Piazzale Dell'Agricoltura 24
00144 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 483 748

Administrative Contact

Matteo Melideo (Mr)

Participants (18)

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Klinisk Informatik

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 61 200

Hermanas Hospitalarias Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Benito Menni Complejo Asistencial en Salud Mental

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 9 195

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 186 900

FUNDACION PRIVADA HOSPITAL ASIL DEGRANOLLERS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 68 254

SERVICIO MADRILENO DE SALUD

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 163 820

APHOI KOUMANAKOU & SIA EE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 70 450

SOCIAL POLICY CENTER OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF KIFISSIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 76 404

SINGULARLOGIC ANONYMI ETAIREIA PLIROFORIAKON SYSTIMATON KAI EFARMOGON PLIROFORIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 446 602

ELETTRONICA BIO MEDICALE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 184 970

TESAN S.P.A.

Italy

FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 181 284

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 299 251

FONDAZIONE SALVATORE MAUGERI CLINICA DEL LAVORO E DELLA RIABILITAZIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 77 246

AZIENDA USL DI FORLI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 31 272

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 29 464

STICHTING NATIONAAL OUDERENFONDS

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 4 075

Municipality of Stari Grad

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 63 760

DOCOBO LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 196 100

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 297225

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2015

Funded under:

CIP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 267 997

  • EU contribution

    € 2 633 995

Coordinated by:

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Italy

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