S. Koch (1), M. Marschollek (2), K.-H. Wolf (2), M. Plischke (2), R. Haux (2)
(1) Health Informatics Centre, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; (2) Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Germany
Medical Informatics, information storage and retrieval, Home care services, integrated advanced information management systems, nursing record
Objectives: To provide an introductory overview on selected areas of health-enabling and ambient-assistive technologies and to suggest relevant fields for future research. Methods: Summarizing the state of the art for 1) ambient environments and 2) health-related sensor technologies, 3) presenting relevant medical conditions and their relation to health-enabling technologies, and 4) illustrating the application of those technologies for lifestyle management with examples for activity monitoring and prevention of overweight. The suggestions for future research are based on own research projects in this field. Results: Health-enabling and ambient-assistive technologies are regarded to have the potential to significantly improve quality of life and efficiency of health care in aging societies. Research on health-enabling and ambient-assistive technologies is highly multidisciplinary. Conclusions: It still has, to a large extent, to be exploratory. An increasing amount of outcomes research through well-designed evaluation studies that explore technical solutions in a social context and in relation to individual needs will be crucial.
Focus Theme - Editorial
M.-M. Bouamrane (1), C. Tao (2), I. N. Sarkar (3)
Methods Inf Med 2015 54 1: 1-4
Special Section: Big Data - Smart Health Strategies
F. Martin-Sanchez (1, 2), K. Verspoor (2, 1)
Yearb Med Inform 2014 : 14-20
S. Van Hoecke (1, 2), B. Volckaert (2), B. Dhoedt (2), F. De Turck (2)
Methods Inf Med 2011 50 5: 408-419
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