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Memorias de investigación
Cursos, seminarios y tutoriales:
Healthy Lifestyle Coaching Applications and Patient Empowerement Tools as a Solution for Handling Chronic Diseases
Áreas de investigación
  • Tecnología electrónica y de las comunicaciones
Dealing with a chronic disease represents a great challenge for care givers, patients and the Health Care Systems as their treatment requires continuous medical care and patient self management. The engagement of patients in the adoption of healthy lifestyles with a positive impact in the progression of their diseases is fundamental to avoid the appearance of chronic complications or co-morbidities. A shift towards a patient self-managed care is a promising first step towards the solution of the difficulties that the European Health Systems are facing to handle chronic diseases which are, as reported by the World Health Organization, "the leading cause of mortality in the world". Out of the 35 million people died from chronic disease in 2005, half were under 70 and half were women. Chronic disease management is the process that optimizes care delivery through the coordination of all the different resources available within a healthcare system and during the entire life cycle of the disease, based on scientific evidence and aiming to improve the quality of the results and with the minimum possible cost. It is more and more assessed that patient-centered personal health systems (PHS) will play a major role as solutions to manage chronic diseases, prevention and to reduce costs in the medium-long period. PHSs are about to connect individuals with Health Information Networks, despite previous processes focused on connecting the points of care. These kinds of services are progressively becoming a key element of the next generation healthcare systems, with an increasing active role of patients and families in self-care, health promotion and disease prevention. If we wants to succeed with this ambitious goals, these services must be provided through an environment in which individuals are surrounded in their everyday lives through intelligent and intuitive interfaces embedded in a wide diversity of media, in an environment capable of recognizing and answering to the user's presence in a friendly, non-intrusive way, with solutions for continuity and being frequently imperceptible. In such environment semantic 'plug-and-play' modules are integrated in "Family Healthcare Hub" according to the health-related needs of one family unit. Every particular configuration is arranged from the aggregation of individual care plans - supervisors, trainers, reminders, etc. - defined by the respective physicians and specialists, while being customisable to each user's preferences (personalized solutions are provided according to the patient profile and context) and scenarios (applications have been already developed for the management of chronic disease such as neurological, oncologic, cardiac, metabolic and psychiatric ones).
Nombre congreso
MobiHealth 2010
Entidad organizadora
International ICST Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare - MobiHealth 2010
Nacionalidad Entidad
Lugar/Ciudad de impartición
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Fecha inicio
Fecha fin
Esta actividad pertenece a memorias de investigación
  • Autor: Maria Teresa Arredondo Waldmeyer (UPM)
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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Life Supporting Technologies (Tecnologías de Apoyo a la Vida)
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