1st International ICST Workshop on Designing with Care

Research Article

Flexible home care automation - adapting to the personal and evolving needs and situations of the patient

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.6070,
        author={Mohammad Zarifi Eslami and Marten Van Sinderen},
        title={Flexible home care automation - adapting to the personal and evolving needs and situations of the patient},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Designing with Care},
        proceedings_a={DWC},
        year={2009},
        month={8},
        keywords={flexibility tailoring personalization home healthcare health monitoring social context service-orientation.},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.6070}
    }
    
  • Mohammad Zarifi Eslami
    Marten Van Sinderen
    Year: 2009
    Flexible home care automation - adapting to the personal and evolving needs and situations of the patient
    DWC
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.6070
Mohammad Zarifi Eslami1,*, Marten Van Sinderen1,*
  • 1: Information Systems Group, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
*Contact email: m.zarifi@ewi.utwente.nl, m.j.vansinderen@ewi.utwente.nl

Abstract

Health monitoring and healthcare provisioning at home (i.e., outside the hospital) have received increasingly attention as a possible and partial solution for addressing the problems of an aging population. There are still many technological issues that need to be solved before home healthcare systems can be really cost-effective and efficient. However, in this paper we will highlight another category of issues which we call architectural challenges. Each patient is unique, and each patient has a unique lifestyle, living environment and course of life. Therefore it should be possible to personalize the services provided by home healthcare systems according to the needs and preferences of each individual patient, and it should be possible to make incremental adaptations at later points in time if this is necessary due to, for example, a changing health condition. The architectural challenges and solution directions related to this has been discussed in this paper.