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Innovative and assistive eHealth technologies for smart therapeutic and rehabilitation outdoor spaces for the elderly demographic

Marques, Bruno, McIntosh, Jacqueline, Valera, Alvin and Gaddam, Anuroop 2020, Innovative and assistive eHealth technologies for smart therapeutic and rehabilitation outdoor spaces for the elderly demographic, Multimodal technologies and interaction, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 1-22, doi: 10.3390/mti4040076.

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Title Innovative and assistive eHealth technologies for smart therapeutic and rehabilitation outdoor spaces for the elderly demographic
Author(s) Marques, Bruno
McIntosh, Jacqueline
Valera, Alvin
Gaddam, AnuroopORCID iD for Gaddam, Anuroop orcid.org/0000-0001-5112-9849
Journal name Multimodal technologies and interaction
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Article ID 76
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-12
ISSN 2414-4088
Keyword(s) eHealth technologies
elderly people
remote health monitoring
mobile health
therapeutic landscape
eHealth architecture
Summary The use of technology for social connectivity and achieving engagement goals is increasingly essential to the overall well-being of our rapidly ageing population. While much of the extant literature has focused on home automation and indoor remote health monitoring; there is a growing literature that finds personal health and overall well-being improves when physical activities are conducted outdoors. This study presents a review of possible innovative and assistive eHealth technologies suitable for smart therapeutic and rehabilitation outdoor spaces for older persons. The article also presents key performance metrics required of eHealth technologies to ensure robust, timely and reliable biometric data transfer between patients in a therapeutic landscape environment and respective medical centres. A literature review of relevant publications with a primary focus of integrating sensors and eHealth technologies in outdoor spaces to collect and transfer data from the elderly demographic who engage such built landscapes to appropriate stakeholders was conducted. A content analysis was carried out to synthesize outcomes of the literature review. The study finds that research in assistive eHealth technologies and interfaces for outdoor therapeutic spaces is in its nascent stages and has limited generalisability. The level of technology uptake and readiness for smart outdoor spaces is still developing and is currently being outpaced by the growth of elderly fitness zones in public spaces. Further research is needed to explore those eHealth technologies with interactive feedback mechanisms that are suitable for outdoor therapeutic environments.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/mti4040076
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30145087

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