eCare is EDGE’s smart and personalised care intelligence platform that, collecting and integrating well-being, quality of life and environmental data, empowers individuals to create smart living environments that promote healthy lifestyles and independent living conditions.
EDGE’s care intelligence solution provides (1) day-to-day non-intrusive and responsible monitoring of wellbeing parameters of individuals as well as (2) the delivery of remote monitoring of health parameters of patients at home who live with a chronic condition requiring periodic or permanent monitoring or who have undergone a medical intervention and need further observation.
eCare gathers a wide range of measurements acquired through sensors and devices that are seamlessly embedded in the living environment or are worn or interacted with by the individual. Amongst the measurements registered in eCare’s intelligence ambient platform are vital signs (temperature, heart rate, blood glucose level, blood pressure and oxygen saturation), physical measurements (height, weight, waist), health data (medication and side effects, allergies, conditions, symptoms) and lifestyle and wellbeing data (habits, diet and nutrition, mood, sleep quality, physical and social activity). In addition to wellbeing-related data, eCare includes the MAESTRA module that measures ambient living data (room temperature and humidity, air quality, motion) and integrates environmental data including pollution, dust and pollen levels, especially relevant for individuals suffering from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Individuals interact with the eCare Platform through the eCare App that enable an easy manual or automatic collection of health and wellbeing parameters. Automated parameters may be collected via health and medical devices and wearables. Also, the App allows individuals to answer to simple and short questionnaires and feedback forms on symptoms (e.g., pain, anxiety), medication adherence, nutrition and diet, mental state and quality of life.
Through the eCare Platform, health and social care professionals are able to easily and efficiently remotely monitor the health and wellbeing parameters of a large number of individuals or patients under their care (significant high scalability is given to the one-to-many monitoring healthcare model), by means of intuitive dashboards and rich visualisation tools that highlight localised risks of relapse or hospitalisation, being aware of their condition at all times and receiving notifications or alerts in case any patient symptoms become severe and their condition worsens, thus warranting the patient’s immediate hospitalisation.
The eCare Platform will support the Pan-European Pilot Campaign of the SHAPES Project, which will undergo for 24 months and involve 15 pilot sites from 10 European countries and more than 2000 older individuals. This effort will clearly demonstrate how eCare supports and extends the autonomy and independency of older individuals in home settings.