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PerCoMed - Pervasive Computing in Networked Medical Care

PerCoMed - Pervasive Computing in Networked Medical Care
Project team:

Orwat, Carsten (Project leader); Andreas Gräfe


BMBF - Ministry of Education and Research (16I1546)

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Project partners:

IZT - Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, Berlin
FZI - Research Center for Information Technologies, Karlsruhe

Research area:

Innovation processes and impacts of technology

Project description

ITAS, FZI and IZT analyze the chances and risks of Pervasive Computing for health care in an interdisciplinary approach

Researchers of ITAS, FZI and IZT carry out a research project to analyze the chances and risks that emerge for actors in health care from implementations of the so-called Pervasive Computing. The goal of the project is to analyse the needs for action and to develop options.

The constant and ubiquitous availability of tiny mobile systems that are networked with each other is among the currently most discussed developments in information and communications technology. As Pervasive Computing is already an important and highly relevant field of scientific research for science, applications are now spreading widely introduced in business and services, too.

In order to analyze the chances and risks that result from the use of pervasive technologies in integrated medical care, two case studies are performed. The studies are conducted in cooperation with the Neurological Clinic in Bad Neustadt / Saale and focus on preclinical-clinical as well as clinical-postclinical medical care. In particular, possible concerns of and consequences for the involved stakeholders are identified. The project is attended by the company “n-Tier construct”, which provides the necessary technical support for the project team.

The field of application for the first case study is the use of the so-called "Stroke Angel" system, which supports emergency medical services and hospitals in the medical care of acute stroke patients. Of particular importance for the recovery of patients is thereby the time from the first occurrence of symptoms to the beginning of the therapy. The common guideline "time is brain" in stroke care emphasizes the relevance of saving time and improvement of the quality of medical care. The “Stroke Angel” system promises to significantly reduce this time span.

At the end of the project a generalisation of the results will show drivers for implementation, potentials of innovation, but also barriers and social concerns that exist in the individual case and in the general use of innovative pervasive technologies. Thereupon options for action are created for providers of services in the health sector as well as for decision makers in policy, economy and science.

Further information is found on http://www.percomed.de.



Dr. Carsten Orwat
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-26116