Last week, i-PROGNOSIS attended the event “ICT4Life approach and contribution to the challenges of integrated care” organised by the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE). On this occasion, we got acquainted with the first project results and discuss potential synergies among our two projects.
In a context of demographic ageing and ongoing integration of care, Information and communications technology (ICT) can definitely play a key role. However, if ICTs (especially the Internet of Things) are full of promise, they also bring a lot of risks (loss of privacy, top-down approaches, etc.).
Thus in ICT4Life, researchers, developers and representatives of end-users organisations joined forces to take the most of ICT potential for integrated care in an approach oriented towards users’ needs.
A health service platform for patients, care-givers and professionals
One year after the project started, the ICT4Life partners are currently developing a health service platform where patients, carers, health professionals and relatives will be able to access various data recorded by sensors placed at home or in a residential settlement. Three pilot scenarios (at home, in rehabilitation centre, in day-care centre) are under preparation.
Invited to discuss the preliminary results of ICT4Life, the attendees discussed several issues raised by the introduction of ICTs into the life of older people in need of health and care services:
* They highlighted the importance to take into account the economic dimension of healthcare and social care as poverty is one of the main indicators of bad health.
* While all stakeholders agreed on the added value of more integration in care, they asked the ICT4Life consortium about who should be responsible for the coordination permitted thanks to the platform (a specialist? a general practitioner?).
* End-users organisations mainly questioned the privacy issue and the risks of abuse derived from the possibility of giving access to someone’s data to a wide range of professionals and relatives.
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