Over recent years, there has been an increase in interest in ehealth monitoring systems situated at homes, leading to the creation of Health Smart Homes. Such technologies can facilitate the monitoring of patients’ activities enabling healthcare services at home. They aim in improving the quality of elder population well-being in a non-obtrusive way, allowing greater independence, maintaining good health, preventing social isolation for individuals and delay their placement in institutions such as nursing homes and hospitals.
SMART-BEAR (https://www.smart-bear.eu/) is an Horizon 2020 funded project aiming to provide an intelligent and personalised digital solution for sustaining and extending healthy and independent living. SMART-BEAR will implement an affordable, accountably secure and privacy-preserving innovative platform using off-the-shelf smart and medical devices to support the healthy and independent living of elderly people with five prevalent health-related conditions; Hearing Loss, Cardio Vascular Diseases, Cognitive Impairments, Mental Health Issues and Balance Disorders, as well as Frailty. This will be achieved through intelligent, evidenced-based interventions on lifestyle, medically-significant risk factors, and chronic disease management, enabled by the utilisation of continuous and objective medical and environment sensing, assistive technologies and big data analytics. Privacy-preserving and secure by design data handling capabilities, covering data at rest, in processing, and in transit, will cover comprehensively the SMART BEAR platform. The SMART BEAR solution will be validated through five large scale pilots involving 5.100 elderly living at home in five countries: Greece, Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, and Romania. The pilots will enable the evaluation of the platform in the context of healthcare service delivery by private and public providers at regional, state and EU level, and demonstrate its efficacy, extensibility, sustainability, and cost effectiveness for the individual and the healthcare system.
FORTH participates in the SMART-BEAR consortium that consists of 27 partners from various domains. FORTH brings in expertise in IoT security, environment and user monitoring as well as user personalization aspects.
SMART-BEAR has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the grant agreement 857172
Scientists Responsible for FORTH: Dr. Maria Pateraki, Dr. Andreas Miaoudakis, Dr. Sotiris Ioannidis