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A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Ambient Assisted Living

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Ambient Assisted Living
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Author(s): Martina Ziefle (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Carsten Röcker (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Wiktoria Wilkowska (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Kai Kasugai (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Lars Klack (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Christian Möllering (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and Shirley Beul (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 18
Source title: E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living: Challenges and Solutions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Carsten Röcker (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and Martina Ziefle (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-469-1.ch004

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Abstract

This chapter illustrates the different disciplinary design challenges of smart healthcare systems and presents an interdisciplinary approach toward the development of an integrative Ambient Assisted Living environment. Within the last years a variety of new healthcare concepts for supporting and assisting users in technology-enhanced environments emerged. While such smart healthcare systems can help to minimize hospital stays and in so doing enable patients an independent life in a domestic environment, the complexity of such systems raises fundamental questions of behavior, communication and technology acceptance. The first part of the chapter describes the research challenges encountered in the fields of medical engineering, computer science, psychology, communication science, and architecture as well as their consequences for the design, use and acceptance of smart healthcare systems. The second part of the chapter shows how these disciplinary challenges were addressed within the eHealth project, an interdisciplinary research project at RWTH Aachen University.

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