Smandzik, Daniel Supervisor: Prof. Gudrun Klinker Advisor: Eichhorn, Christian (@ga73wuj) Submission Date: [created]
Due to demographic changes, we will be facing many challenges in the upcoming years from an increasing number of geriatric patients. Technical solutions are needed that support nurses and relatives with available patient information. Therefore, the question arises whether wearables as a technology are suitable for collecting and monitoring personal vital data in the geriatric sector. This master's thesis is aiming at developing a prototype of an Apple Watch and iPhone application to support elderly people both in their own houses and in care facilities, and embedding the application in their everyday life. Thus, reducing the expenses for healthcare due to the lower need for personal assistance, and providing a better life quality to the elderly users. The prototype focuses on the monitoring of health vitals and the proper medication intake. A survey is carried out in order to obtain a preliminary assessment of the functionality and acceptance of such a prototype. The finished prototypes are then evaluated by interviewing the target group of care-givers to asses the scope of functionalities, usability and information quality.
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