5 May

A survey paper published in IEEE Access

A paper entitled “Health–Related ICT Solutions of Smart Environments for Elderly–Systematic Review” in Q1 journal IEEE Access.

Paper Title

Health–Related ICT Solutions of Smart Environments for Elderly–Systematic Review

Authors
  • Petra Maresova
    • Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
  • Ondrej Krejcar
    • Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
  • Sabina Baraković
    • Faculty of Traffic and Communications, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jasmina Baraković Husić
    • Department of Telecommunications, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Petre Lameski
    • Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Skopje, North Macedonia
  • Eftim Zdravevski
    • Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Skopje, North Macedonia
  • Ivan Chorbev
    • Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Skopje, North Macedonia
  • Vladimir Trajkovik
    • Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Skopje, North Macedonia
Abstract

By improving the quality of life and extending the length of life, Western society is becoming an increasingly ageing population with a higher proportion of seniors. From another point of view, there is a critical shortage of care staff, both in hospitals and for in-home care. Thanks to new technology trends such as Smart Homes and Smart Furniture, there is an opportunity for increased support for seniors by utilizing new technologies. This paper presents the current trends and possibilities in applying smart information and communications technology (ICT) solutions for in-home care concerning diseases in old age. The paper consists of a systematic review according to the PRISMA methodology of the available literature in Web of Science, IEEE Xplore, PubMed, Springer, and the Espacenet patent database. Publications report the usage of some types of artificial intelligence and their implementation and non-intrusive sensing technologies. The patents review identified solutions with a focus on monitoring the state of older adults and mobility improvement. Existing ICT smart solutions must address the following issues: (1) ease-of-use; (2) invisibility and disuse that isolate older adults; (3) privacy and security; (4) affordability of technology in terms of cost; and (5) supporting elderly individuals to stay in their homes or move in different environments independently. There is a significant gap between a large number of scientific publications and commercial solutions. The existing products reflect the specifics of the diseases in a rather wider context instead of the fulfilment of exact needs. It is often stated that such devices can be used across diseases, but the direct connection and benefits for the disease is still rather weak. The challenge remains to tap the existing potential of a large number of innovative ideas on the market and improve the quality of life.

Keywords

Respiratory diseases; senior citizens; technology; smart; air quality sensors

Citation

P. Maresova, O. Krejcar, S. Barakovic, J. Barakovic Husic, P. Lameski, E. Zdravevski, I. Chorbev, V. Trajkovik, “Health–Related ICT Solutions of Smart Environments for Elderly–Systematic Review,” in IEEE Access. 2020. doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2981315

Journal Title

IEEE Access

Electronic ISSN

2169-3536

Publisher

IEEE

Impact Factor

4.098 (2018)

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