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Information Society for All

Information Society for All

Objective

Universal access postulates the design of products or services that are accessible, usable and ultimately acceptable by potentially everyone, everywhere and at any time. IS4ALL will establish a Working Group for the advancement of the practice of universal access in one critical application domain. This interdisciplinary and closely collaborating network of experts will consolidate existing knowledge in universal access in the context of IS technologies, translate it into concrete recommendations, and demonstrate their validity and applicability in the application domain of Healthcare Telematics. To this end, IS4ALL will develop a validated code of practice for implementing the benefits of universal access in the Healthcare sector and undertake a range of outreach activities to facilitate awareness of the European Healthcare industry. Additionally, IS4ALL will liase with a variety of European and international organisations, institutions, consortia, and special interest groups.

OBJECTIVES
IS4ALL seeks to establish a wide, interdisciplinary and closely collaborating network of experts (Working Group) to provide the European Healthcare industry with a comprehensive information package detailing how to utilise the benefits of universal design. The specific technological / scientific objectives to be attained by IS4ALL can be summarised as follows:
- Consolidation of existing knowledge on universal access in the context of IS technologies, which is currently dispersed across different international sites and actors, into a comprehensive code of design practice;
- Translation of the consolidated wisdom to concrete recommendations for emerging technologies (e.g., emerging desktop and mobile platforms) in a critical application domain, that is Healthcare Telematics;
- Demonstration of the validity and applicability of the recommendations in the context of concrete scenarios drawn from an experimental regional Healthcare Telematics network;
- Promotion of universal access principles and practice in Healthcare Telematics through a mix of outreach activities which include seminars and participation in major international conferences, concertation meetings, and project clustering events.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
At present, existing guidelines on universal access use a high level of abstraction. This renders them impractical or even unsuitable for use by industry designers. Neither the resources (regarding personnel, time, money) nor the expertise needed to apply these high level guidelines to the needs of individual sectors are available within companies. As a result, despite the fact that the basic wisdom about universal access exists, the resulting guidelines remain unused. This gap has been identified as one of the main drawbacks that prevent European industries applying the principles of universal access. First of all, IS4ALL will develop and validate a code of practice which will provide European industries with state of the art reference materials and support services on how to approach, assimilate and exploit the benefits of universal design in the development of Healthcare Telematics products and services. Secondly, IS4ALL will organise six seminars, targeted to mainstream IT&T industry, to be held in different European countries, and participate in major international conferences aiming to disseminate its results as well as to raise awareness and consensus on the practice of universal access in Healthcare Telematics.

Coordinator

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Address

Vassilika Vouton
17671 Iraklio, Crete

Greece

Administrative Contact

Constantine STEPHANIDIS (Professor)

Participants (6)

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EUROPEAN HEALTH TELEMATICS ASSOCIATION

Belgium

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE

France

MICROSOFT HEALTHCARE USERS GROUP EUROPE

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-1999-14101

  • Start date

    1 October 2000

  • End date

    31 December 2003

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 399 990

  • EU contribution

    € 1 399 990

Coordinated by:

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece