Newsletter - September 2018

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Nordic Telemedicine Center
- Nordic Telemedicine Center from the perspective of Postdoctor at Umeå University

Nordic Telemedicine Center provides an easy-accessible opportunity for different stake holders to meet and work together in developing e-health solutions. Using the Home Environment Living Lab, one of the physical nodes at Umea NTC, researchers Madeleine Blusi and Ming-Hsin from Umeå University are using AR (augmented reality) technology to develop solutions for overcoming everyday medical challenges expressed by seniors. A participatory design is being used, where medical- and computer science researchers, medical professionals and seniors work together using co-creation methodology. 

Focus has been on difficulties seniors experience related to independently managing their daily medication. Seniors in general like to manage their own pills for as long as possible. However issues as impaired vision, reduced finger dexterity and gripping ability can make it difficult to read labels and handling pills. So far an AR prototype has been developed and initial tests have been undertaken. The purpose is to develop a system which will help patients to remain independent and in control of their daily medications.

Scientist in the lab Scientist in the lab

Madeleine Blusi, Postdoctor at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University

Proposed wireless Sensor Network for Monitoring sleeping disorders of elderly people
- Plan idea born at Nordic Telemedicine Center project 

This plan idea was born at Nordic Telemedicine Center project. A smart home is a residence that incorporates sensors and devices to monitor the environment; the word ‘smart’ means to have the competence “to respond ‘intelligently” by expecting, forecasting and taking decisions with signs of self-sufficiency.
Many investigations and case studies have concluded that almost half of elderly people have difficulty to fall asleep or to merely sleep; an adult over 70 years old can wake up multiple times in one night.  Also some researchers make assumptions about different variations of insomnia which it usually appears after the age of 60.

Sleeping disorders are some important conditions caused by the rhythm of life besides behavior and are usually not attended.
The system will have 3 layers: Layer 1 Wireless sensor Network, Layer 2 Data processing and Layer 3 Application.
Wireless sensor network layers Sensor network

The success of an intelligent home lies in the quality of information received by the support system, which in turn depends on the quantity, quality and deployment of the sensors involved and the general architecture of the system.

Lina Maria Fernandez Gualdron, Project Researcher, University of Vaasa

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