HealthIn Research Areas Category
The choice to focus on Health is informed by the ageing of the European population, an increasing disease burden and the fall-out from the economic crisis. In combination, these factors are jeopardising the sustainability and equity of European health and care systems, on which Europe already spends nearly 10% GDP.
ViLabs research and innovation activities is oriented towards new ICT tools for supporting:
- more improved and personalized health and care delivery.
- older persons to remain active and healthy.
- prevention, detection and treatment of diseases.
In this respect ViLabs, is placing a special efforts in European FP7 funded project HAIVISIO, by supporting community building and knowledge transferred, around the results generated by eHealth, Active Ageing and Independent Living projects, together with a series of communication and synergy exploitation activities.
ViLabs is also business partner of AUTH/Medical School supporting the business exploitation of LLMCARE tool, an integrated ICT platform which combines cognitive exercises with physical activity delivering an effective countermeasure against age-related cognitive decline and actively improving the quality of life of the elderly. The LLMCARE service can be installed in individual homes, day care centres, or more formal medical settings, enabling the accident-free, personalized and monitored physical and cognitive training of its users.
In ViLabs we have also experiment and delivered integrated eHome solutions to support assistive environments. These solutions consist of the hardware devices (like Home PC, Smart TV, Tablets, Wearable Units and other Medical measurement devices, cameras as well as sensors/game controllers) and software components (like databases, instant message services, event detection applications etc). eHome solutions has been customized in experimental home-like settings at the Lab of Medical Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Regarding personalized health and care, recently, ViLabs together with the Universität Innsbruck, ATOS SA, Fraunhofer, Universidad de Zaragoza, Fondazione Centro San Raffaele and AUTH have investigated thoroughly a plan to implement Self-management of health and disease through citizen’s engagement, proposing novel tools and practices that contribute to the empowerment of citizens to manage their own health in order to prevent and/or manage overweight and obesity diseases and engage them into healthy lifestyle.