Technological development and research alone are not sufficient for us to understand the conditions for realizing and disseminating eHealth for elderly people. And we would like to learn more about demographic changes, the profile of illness, policymakers attention, issues facing political decision-makers, and the ability to develop and implement technology, which all contribute to transforming the health care system in specific directions.
We would like to stress the relationships between environmental conditions that play an important role for the development of supportive technology for elderly people.
Cross-border issues such as professionalism, culture and religion, standardization, collaboration, interoperability, and legal aspects will also be of interest.
We are changing the way we age. Willingness to develop self-insight into our aging process is increasing and health challenges are growing, both for the health community and for society in total. The demand for more information, more self-insight, more peer knowledge and more personalized treatment is a major challenge for society. How can these demands be met without causing an overload? In this conference we are searching for the ideas, the scientific projects and the thoughts that may give us a hint of the direction, or that may be the stars that guide us towards solutions.
Active aging is all of the following: prolongation of personal autonomy and participation in society, mobility, active disease prevention, self-learning, compensation and involvement in individual health conditions, participation in improving ones own healthcare conditions, quality of care, wellbeing, increased personal independence in spite of chronic illnesses, peer-to-peer patient interaction, e-learning - and a lot more.
Do ICT and eHealth solutions have the potential to prevent health limitations in the elderly years by personalizing care, combining health treatment and empowerment, motivating the use of wearable and mobile systems, inspiring self-determination and lifestyle actions, providing more appropriate advice on treatment.
Technology developments, use and research concerning specific eHealth applications in elder care are of great interest. eHealth applications and services provide timely data anywhere any time, automate many administrative processes, help to manage exponentially growing medical knowledge and continuously train health professionals and patients. Efficient eHealth tools for health professionals will facilitate more flexible and collaborative work within and between health institutions as well as across traditional health care boundaries such as primary and secondary care. We would like contributions within areas such as