ICT for ageing well.



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Patient-support tool TV-ASSISTDEM will help patients with dementia to keep control over their lives, increasing patients’ independence. The improved communication between patients and their (formal and informal) carers reduces the social isolation and social exclusion of patients At the same time, stronger communication links between healthcare professionals and informal carers allow better support for the latter, improving careers’ quality of life by reducing the negative impacts of care. Ultimately, TV-ASSISTDEM will reduce the need for emergency and/or institutionalised care for patients and carers, reducing the costs of healthcare systems and increasing the healthcare systems’ sustainability in the face of the ageing population. The end user will be implicated from the beginning through patient’s associations and health system involvement in the adaptation and personalization of platform to patients with dementia.


As Europe’s population is ageing, long-term care for elderly citizens will become an increasing cost for society. To manage this transition healthcare policies in the EU and individual Member States are heavily focused on extending the independent life of the elderly, with the dual aim of increasing their quality of life and reducing the costs of care. Dementia affects more than 6% of people aged 60+ and has a devastating effect on their independence – to date, there is no proven intervention to help dementia patients live a fulfilling life for longer. In this project, we will build on an innovative patient support tool to provide healthcare over a distance specifically targeted to patients with mild dementia that enables the interaction of voice, video, and health-related data using ordinary telephone lines connected to internet.

Expected results and impact:
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The main indicators of impact will be the improvement in health related quality of life and cognitive decline. These may result in a financial savings for the healthcare system in each country, an estimated saving cost per patient/year for healthcare providers of 1800 euros. This ICT solution can be used in almost every household in Europe, around the second half of 2020. Any older person living independently can be used by, helping to develop the concept of Ambient Assisted Living on an affordable and cost effective way.  We offer total control of the Support Platform to the healthcare providers, versus proprietary connected TV solutions.

Coordinator: Fermin Mayoral Cleries, Instituto de Investigacion Biomedica de Malaga-IBIMA/ Hospital Regional de Malaga (Health Research Institute of Malaga/ Regional Hospital of Malaga),

Duration: 36 months

Starting Date: 01 March 2017

Total budget: 1.115.246€

Public contribution: 607.079€


Elena Martin-Bautista