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With the breakthrough of pervasive computing Information Technology can evolve into a pervasive healthcare tool, which ensures better, faster and more efficient examination, treatment and follow-up for patients – when and if the patients want it.
The basic idea behind the Pervasive Healthcare Lab is to bring computer power into all levels of the healthcare system – both in the primary and the secondary sectors – and even into the home, the workplace or wherever the patient is.
Check out our portfolio of cases to see projects and tasks we have been involved in.
You can filter the cases by duration, expertise or field of application.
We focus on the following themes:
Infrastructure for IT-based services within healthcare and social services. Research and development of concepts for a technical and organisational infrastructure in support of future network-based healthcare and social services.
Hospital of the future. Research in the application and development of pervasive computing technologies for hospitals and development of technologies that can improve the connection between hospitals, the primary sector (for instance the doctor or home nurse) and the patients’ home and workplace.
Home care. The use of pervasive computing technology in the support of a patient’s self-treatment and in connection with the nursing of the individual patient. The interplay with the patient’s relatives and friends is an important aspect of this. Likewise is the idea of using the technology in other environments than ”just” the home or the workplace.
Acute medicine and accidents. IT support to rescue workers and other personnel at an accident and coordinating efforts between hospitals, fire and police.
We participate in the project Denmark - a Pioneer in Telemedicine - a telemedical business and software ecosystem promoting coherence and market development for telemedicine companies and health care in Denmark
We also operated Caretech Innovation, a platform and project pool for healthcare informatics to ensure the shortest way between research, application and business. Caretech Innovation was funded by the Central Denmark Region – Regional Development and the European Regional Development Fund for the period 2008 to 2012.
One of the key issues in our projects is user-driven innovation, also known as participatory design. We work with field studies, workshops with users and experiments in realistic environments as a central and integral part of our design work. Our field studies are often designed, conducted and analyzed by ethnographers in collaboration with e.g. computer scientists, engineers and industrial designers. We emphasize an interdisciplinary collaboration between different professions, as we believe that we in this way receive the greatest benefit from the resources deployed.
We use a wide range of technologies to meet the needs arising from our projects.
The technologies and methodologies include:
With regard to research we are part of the Centre for Pervasive Healthcare in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information and Media Studies at Aarhus University. The Centre for Pervasive Healthcare is led by Professor Morten Kyng from the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University and Head of Innvation Lone Faber from the Alexandra Institute.
Furthermore, we have a longstanding collaboration with the HCI group at the Department of Computer Science, University of Aarhus, which over the years has produced research at a high international level.
Other partners from research institutions include:
Examples of research:
Since 2003, Centre for Pervasive Healthcare has published a series of scientific papers, many presented at major international conferences.
Examples of applications that have come out our projects:
Our business partners and partners from public institutions include:
We participate in a long number of network activities. Currently this is done via the UNIK and LevVel consortia among others.
We have also been an active part of the network sundhedsITnet which focused on collaboration and innovation across universities, health, business and patients through an integrated approach to health informatics.
You are always welcome to contact us for a discussion of opportunities for cooperation.