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The electronic Journal of Health Informatics (ISSN: 1446-4381) is an international journal committed to scholarly excellence and dedicated to the advancement of Health Informatics and information technology in healthcare. Abstract Empowering people to play an active role in their own healthcare influences their health state positively. PHRs' features and(More)
Worldwide, ageing societies are bringing challenges for independent living and healthcare. Health-enabling technologies for pervasive healthcare and sensor-enhanced health information systems offer new opportunities for care. In order to identify, implement and assess such new information and communication technologies (ICT) the 'Lower Saxony Research(More)
Providing health care and assistance at home becomes more and more important due to the aging society and - in general - a health system under financial pressure. It is generally accepted that these services have to be supported by an eHealth infrastructure that enables the exchange of patient related data between different health institutions and(More)
For an improvement of the quality of life for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) we developed a concept and prototype of a sensor-enhanced health information system. This system includes a component that is monitoring the rehabilitation training and automatically controls the target load for the exercise on the basis of his(More)
Many societies across the world are confronted with demographic changes, usually related to increased life expectancy and, often, relatively low birth rates. Information and communication technologies (ICT) may contribute to adequately support senior citizens in aging societies with respect to quality of life and quality and efficiency of health care(More)
The Lower Saxony Research Network "Design of Environments for Ageing" (GAL) studied possible applications of assistive technology for enabling older adults to live longer and independent in their own home. As part of this work, a technical platform was developed as a common technical basis for all assistive systems in the project. This article presents an(More)
Cardiopulmonary diseases affect millions of people and cause high costs in health care systems worldwide. Patients should perform regular endurance exercises to stabilize their health state and prevent further impairment. However, patients are often uncertain about the level of intensity they should exercise in their current condition. The cost of(More)
Evermore people are suffering from multi-morbidity, an accumulation of different afflictions that mutually affect each other. Simultaneously treatments which were previously conducted stationary are nowadays carried out in home settings. Therefore more and more ICT is employed to support such treatments. However, most of these systems are isolated and not(More)