For people who already encounter difficulties in their daily life (cognitive, func- tional, financial,...), the evolution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) may initially appear as a contributing factor to their isolation. However, these technologies can also enable them to increase their autonomy and social interaction and to safely stay as long as possible in their familiar environment.
The objective of the OLDES project was to develop and evaluate a tele-care and entertainment platform prototype involving patients and their caregivers. SPES has also allowed to transfer and extend the results achieved in OLDES.
SPES was designed around four pilots: the province of Ferrara (Italy), the city of Vienna (Austria), the city of Brno (Czech Republic) and the city of Kosice (Slovakia), focusing respectively on the following: respiratory problems, dementia, handicapped people and social exclusion.
CETIC has specified, designed and developed the SPES platform prototype. This mainly consists of an intuitive software solution for the patients of the different target groups that can be used on a touch screen computer, a classical laptop or a tablet. The SPES platform also includes a web portal to enable the patients’ monitoring by their caregivers (physicians, social workers in day-care centers,...).
The positive patient feedback was a major result of the project. In addition, some services, like the geo-location and tracking by authorized operators of seniors with dementia, will continue to be used and evolve following the end of the project.
Telemedicine favours the emergence of a new market of healthcare service providers that can support the delivery of health and social care at home. SPES has demonstrated ICT-based solutions that are replicable and generalizable by other actors.
The involvement of CETIC allows one to transfer these results to Wallonia where telemedicine and eHealth are also emerging: this field is open to innovative enterprises proposing adapted solutions that are an answer to the economic pressure on the healthcare costs.