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This paper describes the conceptualization and realization of a sensor floor, which can be integrated in home environments to assist old and frail persons living independently at home. Its purpose is to monitor the inhabitant’s position within a room, to detect (abnormal) behavioral patterns as well as to activate rescue procedures in case of fall or other(More)
This article presents an integrated, automatic home-monitoring, and assist system for patients suffering from end-stage heart failure, particularly patients with implanted mechanical circulatory support devices, such as ventricular assist devices and total artificial hearts. The system incorporates various biosensors to monitor the vital parameters of the(More)
This paper describes the first results on a sensor floor, which can be integrated in home environments to assist old and frail persons living independently at home. The sensor floor works with a dense array of piezo elements. Its purpose is not only to monitor the inhabitant's position within the room but also to analyze impact patterns for later activation(More)
The demographic change has tremendous consequences for health care availability, with a growing mismatch between rising numbers of patients and the declining number of care personnel. As a consequence, considerable shortcomings in availability, accessibility, and quality of health care can be expected. Telemedicine and telemonitoring services are promising(More)
In this paper we delineate and compare the functional and structural potential but also shortcomings of two Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) systems, which aim at providing remote care for elder adults living independently at home. One system, a personal emergency response system, is already in use, the other system, the Future Care Lab, presents a holistic(More)
In contrast to previous studies, which examine technology acceptance mainly from the perspective of healthy users in the context of information and communication technologies, this exploratory study concentrates on technology acceptance in patients suffering from coronary heart disease as well as on their demands for technical assistance. In cooperation(More)
OBJECTIVES In this study, we explored crucial factors that explain a person's attitude toward and his or her assessment of telemedical systems. Special focus lies on the link between the perspective of physicians (telemedicine users) and technicians (telemedicine designers) to find potential barriers hindering the broad application of telemedical systems in(More)
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