Clients, significant others and clinicians are actively involved in the development of the eCare@Home system ( eCH ) through a series of need and usability assessments in an iterative development approach.
eCare@Home builds on an existing cloud-based multi-user system which has been developed in a European research project for the support of older adults (‘The Inclusion Society”, see http://www.aal-europe.eu/projects/ins/). The core service delivery platform of eCH is a tablet user interface software. This gives the user access to a broad range of application based services which will be created by the eCH project, including IP communication with their clinician. The solution will be tested for usability and acceptance by the end-users in a feasibility trial over 9 months, by older adults with recurrent mood symptomatology who are in treatment at the mental health care facility GGZinGeest in Amsterdam.
The project aims to develop and test a connected digital health service system for the promotion of self-management and the detection of early warning signs of relapse in older adults (aged 60 years and above) with a bipolar disorder or recurrent depression, to empower the patient and to facilitate the contact with the carer. The system will enable the digitally supported monitoring of symptoms and serve as a platform for remote assistance to patients at home. Furthermore, it will encourage social interaction by providing a platform for communication with family and friends, to promote inclusion in the “digital society”.
Expected results and impact:
European countries are facing a significant an increasing need of care services in the steadily growing older part of the population. This development constitutes both financial, recourse, and approach challenges. Modern technology and innovative organisation of care services proposed in the eCare@home project enables an efficient solution based on a stepped care approach. The system will promote possibilities for self-management and independence for older adults with mental disorders and will help to improve social interaction; thereby increasing the care potential of their professional/ informal carers.
|Hospital Organiser AS||SME||Norway||www.hospitalorganiser.no|
|The Alloy Ltd,||SME||UK||www.thealloy.com/|
|Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Faculty of psychology||University|
|GGZinGeest, Mental Health Service & Research||End user||The Netherlands||www.ggzingeest.nl/|
Coordinator: Hospital Organiser AS, Norway, - Thorhallur Gudmundsson
Duration: 30 months
Starting Date: 01 February 2013
Total budget: 2.256.565 Euro
Public contribution: 1.529.745 €
Tel: 0047 913 43 943
Hospital Organiser AS, PO Box 62, 1324 Lysaker,