PerCoMed - Pervasive Computing in Networked Medical Care

  • Project team:

    Orwat, Carsten (Project leader); Andreas Gräfe

  • Funding:

    BMBF - Ministry of Education and Research (16I1546)

  • Start date:


  • End date:


  • Project partners:

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

  • Research group:

    Digital Technologies and Societal Change

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.

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Book Chapters
Grunwald, A.
Virtualisierung von Kommunikation und Handeln im Pervasive Computing. Schritte zur Technisierung des Menschen?
2010. Bölker, M. [Hrsg.] Information und Menschenbild Heidelberg [u.a.] : Springer, 2010 (Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment ; Bd.37), 79–101 
Journal Articles
Orwat, C.; Rashid, A.; Holtmann, C.; Wölk, M.; Scheermesser, M.; Kosow, H.; Graefe, A.
Adopting pervasive computing for routine use in healthcare
2010. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 9 (2), 64–71. doi:10.1109/MPRV.2010.25
Journal Articles
Graefe, A.; Orwat, C.; Faulwasser, T.
Der Umgang mit Barrieren bei der Einführung von Pervasive Computing - Ein Literaturüberblick
2008. Technikfolgenabschätzung, Theorie und Praxis, 17 (1), 13–19. doi:10.14512/tatup.17.1.13
Orwat, C.; Graefe, A.; Faulwasser, T.
Towards pervasive computing in health care. A literature review
2008. BMC medical informatics and decision making, 8, 26. doi:10.1186/1472-6947-8-26
Orwat, C.; Panova, V.
Finanzierungsfragen des Pervasive Computing im Gesundheitswesen
2008. Technikfolgenabschätzung, Theorie und Praxis, 17 (1), 43–51 
Orwat, C.; Rashid, A.; Holtmann, C.; Wölk, M.; Scheermesser, M.; Kosow, H.
Pervasive Computing in der medizinischen Versorgung - Einführung in den Schwerpunkt
2008. Technikfolgenabschätzung, Theorie und Praxis, 17 (1), 5–12 
Journal Articles
Graefe, A.; Orwat, C.
Prediction markets as a mechanism for public engagement? A first classification and open questions
2007. International journal of technology, knowledge & society, 3 (1), 1–6 
Graefe, A.
Folgenabschätzung durch Prognosemärkte
2007. Technikfolgenabschätzung, Theorie und Praxis, 16 (2), 66–73. doi:10.14512/tatup.16.2.66
Graefe, A.; Kunze, C.
Technologische Innovationen in der medizinischen Versorgung : Wo stehen wir? Wohin geht die Reise?
2007. Intelligent, vernetzt, mobil, alltagstauglich - Technologien der Zukunft für die medizinische Versorgung von heute (2007), Düsseldorf, Germany, November 16, 2007 
Orwat, C.; Panova, V.
Fallstrick Finanzierung? Aktuelle Probleme und Möglichkeiten. Ergebnis- und Erfahrungsaustausch des Projekts “PerCoMed” - Pervasive Computing in der medizinischen Versorgung
2007. Medica Media : Forum für eHealth, Telemedizin und medizinische Informationstechnologie (2007), Düsseldorf, Germany, November 14–17, 2007 


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