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Use of sensors for new integrated care services

With an increasingly growing population in Europe, cognitive impairments are a major social and public health issue. According to the World Alzheimer Report (WHO) [1], dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, remains one of the biggest global public health challenges our generation is facing.

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Mock-ups: a first step towards ICT4Life system

The third ICT4Life consortium meeting that took place in Paris on the 13th and 14th of September 2016 marked a first definition of the platform and App interfaces of ICT4Life system and announced the development of the mock-ups by the technical partners of the project.

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Enough data on chronic diseases in the EU?

The European Union examines the situation about the current status of EU-wide, comparable data available about chronic conditions from time to time. A publication in 2012 [1] stated that the availability of  timely and  comparable chronic disease prevalence data is far from ideal in the European Union.

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Improving quality of life to Dysphagia patients

Parkinson´s disease is a neurodegenerative and chronic illness with motor and non-motor symptoms. Symptoms may include bradykinesia (slowness of movement), muscle rigidity, resting tremor, postural instability, cognitive impairment, mood disorders, problems sleeping, constipation or speech and swallowing problems as dysphagia.

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Why does Integrated Care need ICT?

In the last decade, there has been a growing interest in employing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) with elderly people due to the ageing population. Especially interesting is the area related to people living with chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer or Parkinson,

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Integrated Care, the future of care systems

We live longer and birth rates are lower. European population is ageing and this trend is expected to continue for several decades[1]. From the health perspective incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases are increasing and therefore we will have increasing needs of chronic care.

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Policies and trends in integrating care in Europe

The 20th century was characterised by an enhancement of well-being and better economic conditions bringing modifications in lifestyle. Such improvements also led to new risk-factors causing an increase in chronic conditions. Health systems are now working on the implementation of country-tailored solutions aimed at responding to the burden of chronic conditions.

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