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Ubiquitous Computing for Independent Living

Ubiquitous Computing for Independent Living
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Author(s): Neil W. Bergmann (University of Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 14
Source title: Intelligent Technologies for Bridging the Grey Digital Divide
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jeffrey Soar (University of Southern Queensland, Australia), Rick Swindell (Griffith University, Australia) and Philip Tsang (The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-825-8.ch001

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Abstract

Ubiquitous computing technology (ICT) shows great potential in supporting the infirm elderly, and others managing complex health issues, to live independently in their own home. While these technologies have great promise, their adoption level is low in Australia. It is suggested that two concurrent strategies are needed to improve the penetration of ICT-based assistive technology in the community. Firstly, significant trials are needed to verify that such systems can provide improved health outcomes and reduce health system costs for suitably targeted patients. Secondly, research in security and privacy, open standards, human-computer interfaces and new models of care driving software specifications is needed, so that these health system benefits can be achieved at a reasonable cost, and with adequate consideration of the needs of clients and carers.

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