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Inform Health Soc Care. 2010 Sep-Dec;35(3-4):92-103. doi: 10.3109/17538157.2010.520419.

The Lower Saxony research network design of environments for ageing: towards interdisciplinary research on information and communication technologies in ageing societies.

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Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig and Hannover Medical School, Muehlenpfordtstrasse 23, Braunschweig, Germany. Reinhold.Haux@plri.de

Abstract

Worldwide, ageing societies are bringing challenges for independent living and healthcare. Health-enabling technologies for pervasive healthcare and sensor-enhanced health information systems offer new opportunities for care. In order to identify, implement and assess such new information and communication technologies (ICT) the 'Lower Saxony Research Network Design of Environments for Ageing' (GAL) has been launched in 2008 as interdisciplinary research project. In this publication, we inform about the goals and structure of GAL, including first outcomes, as well as to discuss the potentials and possible barriers of such highly interdisciplinary research projects in the field of health-enabling technologies for pervasive healthcare. Although GAL's high interdisciplinarity at the beginning slowed down the speed of research progress, we can now work on problems, which can hardly be solved by one or few disciplines alone. Interdisciplinary research projects on ICT in ageing societies are needed and recommended.

PMID:
21133766
DOI:
10.3109/17538157.2010.520419
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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