S5: E-Health 2

Chair: Katarina Vukojević, School of Medicine, University of Split, Croatia
14 Jul 2016
Small Hall

S5: E-Health 2

  1. Location-based Smartwatch Application for People with Complex Communication Needs
    Marin Vukovic, Zeljka Car, Melita Fertalj and Ida Penezic (University of Zagreb, Croatia); Jasmina Ivsac Pavlisa (University of Zagreb Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Croatia); Valerija Miklaušić (Vienna University of Technology, Austria); Nina Pavlin-Bernardic (University of Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia); Lidija Mandic (University of Zagreb Faculty of Graphic Arts, Croatia)

    One of the important elements of successful parenting is care for children’s safety, which includes parental knowledge about children’s whereabouts, especially when a child has complex communication needs. In this context smartwatch may become a new aid not only for children but for all persons with complex communication needs, primary due to location and communication functions which can be efficiently deployed within smartwatch application, combined with everyday habit of wearing a watch on the wrist. Innovative functions and applications may put the smartwatch in the category of safety products within assistive technology, but there is a lot to investigate since the smartwatch technology is advancing very quickly. The paper presents multidisciplinary research performed in the area of information and communication technology, focusing on a smartwatch application as the assistive technology for locating persons with complex communication needs. Developed software application is described, that is based on the concept of predefined and ad hoc safety zones, enabling smartphone mobile application and web application users to define the zones for safe movement of smartwatch wearer. Also the graphical issues related to the smartwatch user interface design and other smartwatch performances that were faced during the research are presented.

  2. Smartphine: Supporting Students’ Well-Being According to Their Calendar and Mood
    Karolina Baras, Luísa Soares, Norberto Paulo and Regina Barros (University of Madeira, Madeira-ITI, Portugal)

    Smartphones have become devices of choice for conducting studies on health and well-being, especially among young people. When accessing higher education, students frequently experience significant challenges, ranging from adapting to new situations and new social relations to heavier workload than in previous levels of education, short deadlines, teamwork assignments and so on. In this paper we present the results of three studies examining students’ well-being and propose a mobile application that acts as a complement to a successful tutoring project deployed at our University over the last four years. The app allows the student to keep their schedules and deadlines in one place while integrating a virtual tutor features. By using both, the events from the student’s calendar and his or her mood indicators, the app sends notifications accordingly. These notifications range from motivational phrases to time management guidelines and relaxation tips.

  3. Health monitoring system for protecting elderly people
    Michal Frydrysiak and Lukasz Tesiorowski (Technical University of Lodz, Poland)

    A growing number of elderly persons in Poland and Europe forces us to looking for new solutions for the continuous monitoring of their health state. This approach allows for early action in case of dangerous situations for elderly person life (state before heart attack or stroke, etc.). The system for continuously monitoring the health state also allows for quick action of first contact doctors in the case of emergency situations. This described system also allow the remotely monitoring of elderly people in their homes by their relatives. The monitoring system is portable, comfortable to use and uses non-invasive measurement methods. This kind of clothing is fully user-friendly product. The textronic system is a new product for monitoring selected human physiological parameters, such as: pulse, frequency of breathing, underclothing temperature, positioning inside and outside the house. Textile sensory elements and signal lines are implemented in the structure of the clothing and it is a main innovation of this kind of systems. System of a textile sensor is part of a garment, the monitoring system is fully portable, easy for using, does not require specialized medical services. Furthermore, measurement of physiological parameters is non-invasive which means that does not interfere directly in the human body. The system is completely safe, because it is supplied by a miniature battery such as the one that are used in mobile phones. The combination of textile clothing interface with specialized software for data acquisition and generation of alarm signals provides a continuous overview of the health status of the monitored person.