New technology for safer and healthier old age through research at MDH

Aug 21, 2013 | Research/Cooperation

MDH is participating in the international research project GiraffPlus. The goal is a safer and healthier old age, and within the project, advanced technical aids are being developed for elderly people in close cooperation with the users.

GiraffPlus produces technical solutions enabling the continual monitoring of elderly people’s health using a network of sensors in the home. By using GiraffPlus, blood pressure and body temperature can be measured, and movements can be registered, detecting whether somebody is lying still for an unusually long time, or suddenly falls down. The information from the sensors is analysed by an intelligent system, which can quickly alert the caregiver in emergencies, but it can also be used for the long-term evaluation of the patient’s health. The project’s technology will be tested in real homes, and five persons in Örebro, Malaga and Rome will have the system installed in their homes.

The project comprises 12 cooperation partners in 7 European countries. Apart from MDH, Örebro County Council, Lund University, Tunstall AB and Giraff AB in Sweden are participating. The project is coordinated by Örebro University.

- In this project MDH contributes with its expertise in sensors and the measurement of different physiological parameters, as well as expertise in the safe and integrity-protected transmission of patient data, says Maria Lindén, Docent in Medical Technology at Mälardalen University.

For further information see:

Örebro University’s press release

GiraffPlus website