5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Telemonitoring for Independently Living Elderly: Inventory of Needs & Requirements

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.245958,
        author={Sander Bakkes and Richard Morsch and Ben Kr\o{}se},
        title={Telemonitoring for Independently Living Elderly: Inventory of Needs \& Requirements},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={4},
        keywords={Telemonitoring independently living elderly needs \& requirements study},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.245958}
    }
    
  • Sander Bakkes
    Richard Morsch
    Ben Kröse
    Year: 2012
    Telemonitoring for Independently Living Elderly: Inventory of Needs & Requirements
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.245958
Sander Bakkes1,*, Richard Morsch1, Ben Kröse1
  • 1: Amsterdam University of Applied Science (HvA)
*Contact email: sanderbakkes@gmail.com

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the precise focus required of a telemonitoring system for the domain of independently living elderly. Particularly, we investigate (1) the needs of telemonitoring for this particular domain, and (2) the requirements for such a telemonitoring system. For our investigation, we performed an extensive study of the literature, as well as performed interviews with 36 individuals active in the field. As a result, we established numerous needs to be considered, being foremost information need on safety, with regard to care response on emergencies (e.g., falling incidents, wandering), as well information need on dependence on care, with regard to inactivity, self-neglect and loneliness. Subsequently, we established numerous requirements to be addressed, being foremost the use of non-wearable sensors, unobtrusiveness, durability, reliability, privacy, and ubiquitousness. In our discussion of the requirements, we detailed specifically the topics of focus, functionality, and form of a telemonitoring system for this domain.