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- ItemAcceptability of Digital Quality of Life Questionnaire Corroborated with Data from Tracking Devices(IEEE, 2019) Drăghici, Rozeta; Rusu, Alexandra; Prada, Gabriel Ioan; Herghelegiu, Anna Marie; Băjenaru, Lidia; Dobre, CiprianThe vINCI technology has a modular construction therefore the acceptability of each device will be assessed and further technological adaptation and modification will be performed based on older peoples feedback in a step by step manner. To avoid biased feedback and outcome due to previous usage of vINCI devices, different samples of seniors will be selected for each stage of the vINCI testing and validation. The vINCI modular technology comprises of different devices such as intelligent tablet (IT), smart watch (SW), smart insole (SI) and smart camera (SC). At this stage of the study we are testing the acceptability of a digital Quality of Life Questionnaire and we want to determine what information offers each type of tracking devices. The results of the study will allow us to determine at what stage of evolution of subjects over the age of 65 it will be necessary to introduce each of the four devices in order to obtain enough data or information to make decisions that prevent the aggravation of some diseases, or various accidents at home or during persons walking.
- ItemClinically-validated INtegrated Support for Assistive Care and Lifestyle Improvement: the Human Link - vINCI - Preliminary Report on Clinical Architecture(2019) Herghelegiu, Anna Marie; Prada, Gabriel Ioan; Drăghici, Rozeta; Dobre, Ciprian; Rusu, Alexandra; Băjenaru, LidiaDigital technology has the potential to benefit the lives of older people, enabling them to live independently and providing the support to implement preventive health care, health education and promotion measures. The ViNCI project, funded under the Ambient Assisted Living programme, aims to develop an IoT-based eco-system technology constructed to offer a platform for early identification of health related problems. The most important feature of the ViNCI user-centric and privacy-aware technology is that the user is able to independently identify his/hers health risks and to receive direct feedback with specific recommendations. On an active screen tablet, seniors are able to self-complete a standardized questionnaire that assesses their quality of life across multiple domains. If their quality of life scores below the optimal level, evaluation of their psychological well-being and objective assessment of their physical activity level will be performed in a stepwise manner.
- ItemHow can we increase the quality of life in the elderly with neurocognitive disorders using vINCI technology(2019) Drăghici, Rozeta; Herghelegiu, Anna Marie; Prada, Gabriel Ioan; Rusu, Alexandra; Băjenaru, Lidia; Dobre, Ciprian; Ianculescu, Marilena; Marinescu, Ion Alexandru; Tomescu, Mihaela
- ItemIdentifying the Needs of Older People for Personalized Assistive Solutions in Romanian Healthcare System(ICI, 2020-09-30) Băjenaru, Lidia; Marinescu, Ion Alexandru; Dobre, Ciprian; Drăghici, Rozeta; Herghelegiu, Anna Marie; Rusu, AlexandraThe new demographic perspectives lead to the necessity to develop new solutions based on the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, which is designed for the early identification of the health issues of the elderly people and for providing support to them so as to understand the factors that limit their Quality of Life (QoL). An adaptive technology, a personalized intervention and integrated wearable IoT devices have the potential to improve the national healthcare systems, especially the least developed ones, the efficacity of the provided services and thus, the QoL and the wellbeing of the elderly. This paper presents a user-oriented approach to the development of personalised assistive solutions in the field of elderly care, by identifying the needs and preferences of the older adults and translating them into development requirements of the vINCI platform, an ecosystem capable of providing a non-intrusive and personalised monitoring of physical and health parameters. In this regard, prior to the development of vINCI platform, two questionnaires were applied to a group of 62 participants aged 65 years or older without severe impairments, who were admitted as inpatients to “Ana Aslan” National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Bucharest and 62 formal and informal caregivers, with the purpose of identifying the needs of users. The vINCI technology aims to help the elderly people live independently and provides support for the implementation of preventive measures for healthcare.
- ItemIntegrated Consumer Technologies for Older Adults' Quality of Life Improvement: the vINCI Project(IEEE, 2019) Spinsante, Susanna; Strazza, Annachiara; Dobre, Ciprian; Băjenaru, Lidia; Mavromoustakis, Constandinos; Batalla, Jordi Mongay; Krawiec, Piotr; Georgescu, George; Molan, Gregor; Gonzalez-Velez, Horacio; Herghelegiu, Anna Marie; Prada, Gabriel Ioan; Draghici, RozetaA low physical activity is one of the most important lifestyle risk factors for many chronic conditions in the older age. To tackle this issue, the consequences of which have relevant impact on the sustainability of national welfare in many developed countries, consumer technologies may be leveraged to offer easy-to-use tools enabling older adults to optimize their health-related quality of life, and promote an active and healthy longevity. This paper describes a technical platform named vINCI, obtained by the integration of consumer technologies with Assisted Living solutions and services, where multiple wearable devices work together to create an aggregated solution able to capture the various facets of events leading to the decrease in the perceived health-related quality of life, as typically associated with old age. Supporting the feedback of specialized medical evaluations, the vINCI technology enables elderly not only to self-evaluate their physical activity level, but also to change their behaviors and lifestyle in the long-term.
- ItemNeeds and preferences of elderly patients regarding AAL systems: a latent profile analysis(IEEE, 2020) Balog, Alexandru; Băjenaru, Lidia; Cristescu, Irina; Herghelegiu, Anna MarieThe requirements for the development of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) systems are influenced by individual needs, preferences, and expectations. Due to the fact that elderly patients have different attitudes towards using new technology, their profiles may not necessarily show equal needs, interests, and preferences. To investigate this heterogeneity, the study aimed to identify groups with distinct preferential profiles in a sample of elderly patients. Data gathered by questionnaire in the vINCI project were used in a Latent Profile Analysis (LPA). Composite variables related to needs, preferences, and expectations were used to characterize the profiles. Results showed that the two-profile model was the best fit and indicated a high degree of classification accuracy. The two profiles significantly differed from each other. The findings of this study underline the relevance of examining the differences between patients' needs and preferences and emphasize the importance of considering the patterns of different types of needs and preferences for AAL technology, an area that needs further research. The results were used to develop requirements for the vINCI system.