ICT for ageing well.



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The aim of EMOTIONAAL is to develop an integrated healthcare-concept for elderly people in rural areas, in Europe This includes four important innovations:

  1. An integrated services platform collecting data from a variety of biosensors to permanently monitor the medical status of the users.
  2. The Plug&Care connector, an interface to link any additional product or service supplier to the system;
  3. Newly to developed nanosensors to measure additional data. Those sensors will provide feedback for the user enabling him to detect and prevent potentially unhealthy conditions, life styles and nutrition, especially for the fight against diabetes;
  4. An infrastructure of rural supply units serving as hubs for the users. The rural supply units (RSU) are village centres which integrate retail, service, communication and health facilities. The RSUs and the telemedicine system are closely related.

The increase of chronic conditions and chronic diseases in European societies – especially in rural areas – is evident. The aim of scientific and political intentions is to extend the time elderly people in rural areas can live independently in their home environment. In this project, an integrated solution for the elderly by the seamless inclusion of social services and new technologies in rural areas, named “The Emotional Village” was developed. The project includes intense support for self-care and prevention and assistance to carry out daily activities, health and activity monitoring and enhances safety and security.

Expected results and impact:

The use of an IT supported regional care structure, telemedicine and biofeedback provides change in the health behaviour through the monitoring of critical biomarkers and supporting health promoting behaviours. In case of diabetic metabolism a collaborative and individual health behaviour should be improved by the advancement of participation in social life. This offers elderly people of rural areas a long and independent life in their own homes with an increase of quality of life.



B. Braun Melsungen AG (BBM)IndustryGermany
Protestant University of Applied Sciences DepT. of Health Sciences and Nursing, Darmstadt (EHD)ResearchGermany
Opsolution NanoPhotonics GmbH, Kassel (OPN)IndustryGermany
HD ProjekteIndustryGermany
University of Marburg, Institute of Geography (UNIMR)ResearchGermany
University of Kassel, Institute of Nanostructure and Analytics (INA)ResearchGermany
DIAK University Institute for Socio-Economic Sciences, Pieksämäkki, Finland (DIAK)ResearchFinland
Vitaphone GmbH, Telemedical Services, Vienna, SME (VPH)IndustryAustria

Coordinator: B. Braun Melsungen AG (BBM)

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 01 July 2009

Total budget: € 3.200.000

Public contribution: € 1.600.000


Hans-Otto Maier

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