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CCE - Connected Care for Elderly persons

Progress of Work to Date and Future work

 State of the Project

Most of the deliverables have been delivered on time and the project is on schedule and within budget to be completed by June 2012.

Work packages

User Needs (Work package 1)

 The users needs have been completed. UID has undertaken extensive work with the German user group- talking to experts, obtaining the requirements of users and a literature search.  They have also produced short video footage of their work and a poster for the project related to their work for dissemination. The UK has produced from another project working in parallel with CCE a vision of assisted living.  Philips and Hungarian partners have been involved in all the deliverables for WP1.

The final outcome of the project were user scenarios that were used to develop the solutions and business models for Wp2-5

CCE Solution development (WP2,3,4 and 5)

Over all work packages we have focussed on a translation of user requirements into solutions. These solutions have been identified on a hardware level (WP3), software level (WP4) and in terms of how to integrate these solutions to form a connected health hub (WP5). We have focussed firmly on user interaction aspects as a basis for the selection of devices and software. In WP5, the original user scenarios have been detailed in activity and interaction scenarios. Respectively, to identify all possible interactions between user and system and to identify the most suitable interaction devices that would support this.

We have taken into account existing solutions and available hardware in WP3. The available hardware roughly includes a medicine dispenser, sensors, Net TV software platform and device, and possible additional devices (e.g., lighting products, and tablet PC devices).

Suitable software products and system architecture have also been identified (WP4). These being for example health management software and a system architecture for the management of in-home sensors.

For these components objects have been modelled and described. The model of objects includes interfaces between devices and software components (WP5). For these interfaces, suitable communication protocols have been identified.

Pilots (WP6)

The primary aim of WP6 is to organize the pilot for technologies developed in CCE. This task has the following aims in the first 18 month of the project:

  • List of legal issues effecting the pilot, and the required legal procedures must be followed by the project
  • List of visible ethical issues
  • List of initial work for organizing the actual pilots in Germany, Hungary, and UK

Deliverable D6.1. addresses these aims on a preliminary, initial level.  It identifies the following broad legal and ethical issues and details them:

  • It list technical standards that must be followed during the pilots.
  • It gives a very limited view of how we can decide if certain parts of CCE solution should be considered medical device, and in that case what kind of procedures must be followed. Today, we see that only the medication dispenser may be required to be classified as medical device, but this view may change.
  • It addresses the issue of handling sensitive personal information, such as activities of daily living.
  • The legal right of making such decisions may or may not be in the hand of the dementia patient, because they may have reduced right (transferred to some other individuals) due to their illness. We must clearly determine who has the right of making decisions in this case.
  • It catalogues a moderate list of ethical issues concentrating on the pilots. For example, the typical question of potential test subjects is that what happens after a successful pilot? Do they have to return technology, or they can use it later, if it is used later, how much it is going to cost, who will maintain and operate it?

German partners will organize engineering and laboratory pilots in the AAL laboratories in Darmstadt and Kaiserslautern with patients with early phase dementia. Hungarian partners also organize engineering, laboratory trials, but in addition, there will be field trials also in Hungary. These will be organized for patient with early phase of dementia living at home. Participating families and patients will be selected by the help of MOHE (project partner) and the Hungarian Alzheimer Society. UK is looking to find ways to organize pilots in Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC). BBC are currently constructing a purpose built Dementia extra care scheme consisting of 20 flats designed to support independent living for residents, with multiagency care and support and a dementia hub to support.