A model for regional innovation and information sharing to reduce falls amongst the elderly through intelligent technologies

Soar, Jeffrey and Wang, Hua and Su, Ying (2011) A model for regional innovation and information sharing to reduce falls amongst the elderly through intelligent technologies. In: COINFO 2011: 6th International Conference on Cooperation and Promotion of Information Resources in Science and Technology: Coordinative Innovation and Open Sharing, 12-14 Nov 2011, Hangzhou, China.

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Abstract

This paper explores the potential benefits of ICT (Information and communication technologies) from the perspectives of services to the frail elderly and chronic illness sufferers in home and community settings with a particular interest in falls prevention and detection. There is a high incidence of falls amongst the elderly that might be assisted through ICTs which could provide benefits to consumers, families, carers and care provider organisations. It offers a model for prevention and detection of falls of the elderly which are a particularly complex issue and associated with a range of risk factors. Whilst there is increasing interest in ICT for aged and community care as represented by national strategies, pilot projects and early roll-outs, much care in home and community settings remains labour intensive. There are perceived to be significant benefits available to consumers, their families, care professionals, care provider organizations and care funders from further investment in ICTs for home care. Falls are a major and complex risk in ageing that can have catastrophic outcomes. Any innovation in ICTs for prevention and detection of falls is likely to produce significant benefits for consumers, families, carers and communities.


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Depositing User: Professor Jeffrey Soar
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2012 15:12
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 04:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing; telehealth; falls; technology; prevention
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0899 Other Information and Computing Sciences > 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
12 Built Environment and Design > 1201 Architecture > 120106 Interior Design
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19978

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