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Pilots


 

SPES project implements tele-health and entertainment platform in 4 cities: Ferrara, Vienna, Brno and Kosice.

 

Ferrara



The Ferrara pilot (Italy) is targeted to patients affected by chronic respiratory failure, requiring long-term oxygen therapy and non-invasive mechanical ventilation who are already followed by pneumologists for periodical clinical controls. The aim is to provide patients suffering from breathing problems with a system that can remotely monitor their health status using saturimeter and several other non-invasive medical devices in order to enable more efficient use of medical aids and a more efficient organization of the healthcare service provided by medical staff. Complementary medical web application will allow clinicians and all the other stakeholders involved, to access patients’ data and report clinical considerations.

 

Summarising the SPES platform deployed in Ferrara consists of sensors for remote monitoring of physiological parameters. Selected tablet installed in patients homes automatically collects the data measured by the devices and sends them to a central repository in a secured way. The data stored in the central repository are automatically analysed by the SPES system tools. Each  patient involved was provided with a tablet touch screen Acer, Oximeter Nonin and in this last phase a spirometer. Up to date more than 25 patients have been included in the Ferrara Pilot. Patients are daily monitored by the pneumology staff. The monitoring process includes self administered blood saturation test and self administered clinical questionnaires that assess perceived health conditions, like breathing capacity and drugs assumption.

 

Vienna



The Vienna pilot (Austria) endeavours to find tailor-made solutions for persons with dementia who face health risks and who are prone to accidents because they tend to get lost on the street, etc.
The overall objectives will be to enhance the quality of life and self-determination of older persons with dementia, as it will be possible to support them in case of emergency with the help of localization devices without restricting their movements. This should lead to a decrease in the number of admissions to nursing homes due to dementia. Moreover, applications will be tested to support reality orientation and memory training for users by offering them visual and audio programmes on screens. On the whole, the employment of this form of technology should lead to raising the degree of security for disoriented persons both in the public space and in everyday life.
Target groups are older persons and very old persons with dementia. Individual problems range from poor memory to complete disorientation.

 

The Vienna Pilot aims at testing different technologies supporting older persons with dementia in their everyday lives. With the aid of GPS localizers and active RFID, the personal security of persons inclining to get lost can be increased. In addition, an acoustic reminder to take the keys when leaving the flat, similarly based on active RFID, as well as an RFID function to find lost objects are intended to provide a tangible facilitation of everyday life.

A personal memory book activated on a touch screen PC and containing pictures, films, music and texts acts as brain stimulation and, at the same time, opens up access to new technologies (games, Skype etc.). For more than a year, older persons with dementia have been testing these technologies in day-care centres and private flats.

 

Boskovice



Another user group requiring mobile application will be that of the Boskovice pilot (Brno - Czech Republic) that will be focused on 40 mobility impaired clients of a non-governmental organization DEEP. The DEEPs’ clients are often illiterate in the field of assistive devices and monitoring services including e-health concept.

 

Therefore, as the first step, courses and appropriate training will be provided in a range of registered social services motivating seniors and disabled persons in the field of communication services, education, social and professional integration. DEEP team will select 40 clients that will take part in the SPES pilot testing of services bases on monitoring through sensors and detectors – these clients will be located predominantly in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic.

Deep clients are testing GPS localization technology. Mrs. Lenka Ševčíková, who is registred with Deep for social service Emergency care, has been selected as a Laipac S-911 bracelet user. Ms. Lenka is ready to share with us her experience with this assitive technology. I understand that GPS localization device gives me great support and I feel so safe with it that I never leave my home without it. I can even afford travelling on my own by public transport because I can rely on the help of the monitoring operator whenever necessary. I am happy since Leipac made me much more independent. My husband and the whole family are no more worried when they leave me alone - they know I am safe. My freedom is not restricted by the device – on the contrary it is ensured by it!

 

 

KOSICE



The Kosice pilot (Slovakia) will be devoted to the problems related to the social aspects of technology development  The main aim will be to ensure means that can improve social inclusion of older people through suitable ICT solutions designed and developed within SPES project. The older persons will be able to enrich their daily routine by various communication and social features for spending leisure or mediating psychological support. The offered solution will be based on detailed analyses of existing opportunities, requirements and expectations from target group of seniors who will be offered a chance to remain in contact with their relatives, neighbors or some other people with similar hobbies or health problems. The pilot locality will contain small flats or senior house under responsibility of Municipality of Košice. The user-friendly environment will offer interesting functionalities for stimulation of interactions between or with older persons as discussion forum, personal or group instant messaging, emails and virtual meetings.

 

 

 

The aim is to promote and encourage interactions between elderly and their families or friends, in a way such that typical face to face communication is not replaced or pushed aside. Each of 40 participants were given a laptop with installed software, USB modem for 3G mobile internet connection and one or two supported medical devices, i.e. glucose monitor or blood pressure monitor. Installed SPES software includes features for email communication; real time chatting, calendar, multimedia sharing, customized user profile, contacts list and management of collected data from medical devices. In the near future, this basic set of features will be further extended with RSS reader, information and news wall, audio/video calls and questionnaires. 


This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.

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