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Feasibility of a wireless health monitoring system for prevention and health assessment of elderly people

: Jimenez-Mixco, V.; Cabrera-Umpierrez, M.F.; Arredondo, M.T.; Panou, A.M.; Struck, M.; Bonfiglio, S.


IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society -EMBS-:
35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2013. Vol.12 : Osaka, Japan, 3 - 7 July 2013
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4577-0215-0 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-4577-0216-7 (online)
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS International Conference EMBC) <35, 2013, Osaka>
Fraunhofer IIS ()

The work presented in this paper comprises the methodology and results of a pilot study on the feasibility of a wireless health monitoring system designed under main EU challenges for the promotion of healthy and active ageing. The system is focused on health assessment, prevention and lifestyle promotion of elderly people. Over a hundred participants including elderly users and caregivers tested the system in four pilot sites across Europe. Tests covered several scenarios in senior centers and real home environments, including performance and usability assessment. Results indicated strong satisfactoriness on usability, usefulness and user friendliness, and the acceptable level of reliability obtained supports future investigation on the same direction for further improvement and transfer of conclusions to the real world in the healthcare delivery.