Elderly woman walking in the city

Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living

The ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living aims to address the growing challenges of aging people living in their own home or residential care. This will be through inventing new personalised medical technologies through an innovative approach, with a multi-disciplinary team leveraging diverse expertise. An enhanced capacity to create and deploy fit-for-purpose personalised health solutions will result in revenues from new and repurposed devices, analytics and integration platforms. New jobs and improved care will see cost reductions, better use of resources and enhanced mental, physical and social well-being.

Project aim

The Industrial Transformation Research Hub aims to address the growing challenges of older people living in their own home or residential care.
 
The multi-disciplinary research team will develop and invent new personalised medical technologies and repurpose devices, analytics and integrated platforms to come up with better health solutions and cost savings to enhance mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Ageing Society

 
In our rapidly ageing society, a critical need exists for effective, affordable, scalable and safe in-home and in-residential care solutions leveraging a range of current and emerging sensor, interaction and integration technologies – a “smart home” focused on assisted living.
A digitally enhanced living environment will leverage smart technologies to maintain and increase autonomy of people, allowing them to live longer in their own homes or with less personalised residential care. Costs for community care will be reduced by leveraging affordable technologies and reducing mundane human carer task demands.
 
By 2050, it is estimated that the proportion of people over the age of 80 will have risen from 3.9% to 9.1% of the population of OECD countries. A large proportion of these people will need help to manage chronic illnesses such as dementia, heart disease, diabetes, limited physical movement and many others, as well as support with their daily living tasks.
 
Hospitals and current health systems typically focus on acute episodes of illness and are not well equipped to provide adequately for daily living care support. Similarly, there is a growing need to better support physically and mentally challenged individuals who are living within the community with disability or chronic disease, both in terms of rehabilitation and long-term enhanced living.
 
In addition to the ARC funds, the hub will benefit from just over $2 million from its partner organisations as well as considerable in-kind contributions.

Contact

Hemant Ghayvat
Postdoc
DTU Management
+45 45 25 60 25

Contact

Finn Kensing
Professor, Dr. Scient.
Dept. of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen

Contact

Henning Langberg
Professor and Director
+45 35 33 72 28

Contact

Lars Kayser
Associate Professor
+45 35 32 72 91
http://www.cachet.dk/research/research_projects/research-hub-for-digital-enhanced-living
14 DECEMBER 2019