Handbook of Digital Homecare: Successes and Failures by A. C. M. Dumaij, R. Mooij, J. L. T. Blank (auth.), Lodewijk

By A. C. M. Dumaij, R. Mooij, J. L. T. Blank (auth.), Lodewijk Bos, Adrie Dumay, Leonard Goldschmidt, Griet Verhenneman, Kanagasingam Yogesan (eds.)

This moment quantity of the “Handbook of electronic Homecare” stories the makes an attempt to enhance new ICT providers for electronic homecare, i.e. prone to carry, preserve and enhance care in the house setting utilizing the newest ICT expertise and units. The ebook highlights the profitable initiatives in addition to mess ups of electronic homecare and offers numerous “lessons discovered” to the large viewers of future health and ICT professionals.

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Brendan’s concern is the sensitivity of the bed sensor. This was adjusted, but then it was not going off when a seizure was occurring. He would like the technologies to be developed to be less sensitive but still effective for seizures. Brendan’s use of the epilepsy sensor illustrates the potential for recording his seizures and using the information in reviews of his medication and in understanding his condition. The user aspects indicated and illustrated in part by the cameos, point to a minimal need on the part of many users (and carers) for education or training regarding the bed epilepsy sensors and their role.

2 The New Approach An integrated system for the care of older people must include a number of agencies and organisations, such as Local Health Organisations, care centres, municipality social services and volunteer associations. It also involves the co-operation of a number of different individual actors such as social care assistants, health professionals, elderly people themselves and their friends and relatives. A technologically advanced e-Care environment which responds to and accommodates this heterogeneity has to deliver a highly distributed, collaborative network, composed of autonomous and semi-autonomous nodes each of which is involved in different aspects of delivering support and care and wellbeing.

The bed sensor is too sensitive. I’m always conscious of setting it off—dashing to cancel the call. The only other known evaluation of bed epilepsy sensors (in a New York hospital setting rather than in people’s homes) illustrates well the point regarding sensitivity [8]. The New York study used a bed epilepsy sensor from a different manufacturer to that used in the Project that is the subject of this chapter. m. over (in total) a period of 1528 h. In that period the devices successfully identified five out of the eight tonic clonic seizures that were known to have occurred.

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