Eindhoven 26 September – The project HELP (Home based empowered living for parkinson’s deaseases patients) won the second edition of the AAL FORUM award that was held yesterday in Eindhoven , The Netherlands, during the AAL Joint Programme Forum 2012.
This award was intended to recognize the most promising project of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme that demonstrates great promise in terms of innovation, human-centric approaches to development and market potential.
HELP is a consortium of Spain ,Italy, Israel and Germany, which created a health monitoring system specifically targeted for the needs of Parkinson Disease (PD) patients. The system features:
- A Body Sensor and Actuator Network made up of portable/wearable and home devices to monitor health parameters (e.g. blood pressure) and body activity (e.g. to detect gait, absence of movement), and to release controlled quantity of drugs in an automatic fashion;
- A remote Point-of-Care unit to supervise the patients under clinical specialists control.
Including the winner, four projects were selected from a panel of recognized experts for the final phase of the award: Fearless, a fall detection system that would enable older to stay safer in their own environment; Health at Home, a wearable monitoring system; and Senior Channel, that offer the possibility to older adults to take part and watch TV programs dedicated to them.