Integrated Home Care Systems for Scotland -
A Focus on Technologies
Colloquium: 21st March 2007, Glasgow
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on the titles of each talk below. Note that some of these files are very
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Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow (first floor lecture theatre)
This event was endorsed and supported by the IET (Institution of Engineering and
Technology, formerly the IEE).
The colloquium brought together practitioners from different backgrounds and
disciplines. It explored some of the social and technical challenges arising
from these technologies. The goal was to highlight some of the issues
involved and to establish consensus on approaches that minimise some of the
The focus was on how technologies can benefit existing care procedures. The
format consisted of invited presentations, coupled with informal
discussions. The emphasis was on health and social care aspects, so a
technical background was not required.
The event was aimed at practitioners working in this area, including those
involved in the delivery of home care
implementing home care services that rely on technology
interested in procedures and standards for supporting home care through
developing home care technologies.
For home care in Scotland:
to bring together for the first time an audience of those involved in
healthcare, social care, and policy-making for the relevant technologies
to establish partner networks and initiate dialogue on these technologies
to identify the scope and direction for technology development and
The following photos illustrate some of the activities on the day.
Linda Macpherson (Falkirk Council) giving her talk
Evan Magill (University of Stirling) using the electronic voting
Chris Martin (University of Dundee) demonstrating activity
Nubia Gil (University of Dundee) and Feng Wang (University of
Stirling) explaining a point
- 09.15 Welcome and
Introduction to MATCH
Prof. Ken Turner and Louise Bellin, Computing Science and Mathematics,
University of Stirling
Ken Turner is professor of Computing Science at the University of
Stirling, and technical director of MATCH. His research interests
include home networks, service provision, and medical devices. Louise
Bellin is project manager of MATCH. She has over 15 years experience in
a variety of roles covering project management, business analysis,
marketing and communication.
In this talk, Ken and Louise will present the context in which MATCH is
operating, and will highlight some of the challenges that integrated
home care systems must meet.
- 09.40 From Telecare to
Holistic Care: Experiences from Liverpool and A SAPHE Future
Nigel Barnes, Pervasive ICT Research Centre,
BT Group Chief
Nigel Barnes leads the Telecare research group within BT's Pervasive ICT
research centre at Adastral Park near Ipswich. He has been involved in
telecare research at BT for the last ten years, focusing on the use of
non-invasive monitoring to provide proactive alarm and long term
wellbeing monitoring solutions. He has led the Liverpool Telecare Pilot
that BT has been operating with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool
Direct Ltd. for the past three years. He now leads BT's involvement in
the DTI collaborative project called SAPHE (Smart and Aware Pervasive
In this talk, Nigel will provide an overview of the Liverpool trials and
the experience that has been gained. It will be seen how this work
extends from social care into health care. An introduction to the SAPHE
project will show how a more integrated and pervasive solution could
better support people. It could also facilitate a move to holistic care
management encompassing social, health and lifestyle wellbeing.
- 10.10 Speech Technology for
E-Inclusion and Rehabilitation
Prof. Mark Hawley, Centre
for Clinical Applications of Speech Technology, University of
Mark Hawley is Head of Medical Physics and Director of R&D at the
Barnsley Hopsital NHS Foundation Trust, and Visiting Professor at the
University of Sheffield. He heads a research group on Assistive
Technology and Telecare, studying and developing applications of
technology in assisting and rehabilitating disabled and older people.
In this talk, Mark will concentrate on the work of the Clinical Applications of Speech
Technology group, a joint research group between the Hospital and
the University. Speech technology is potentially of enormous benefit to
people with physical disabilities. Applications of speech technology
will be reviewed and described in the areas of access, control,
communication and rehabilitation, with particular reference to speech
technology developments for people with disordered speech. This is a
challenging area that requires multidisciplinary research and
development. To be successful, applications should effectively take into
account the needs of user groups and have the ability to adapt to the
needs of individuals.
- 10.40 Technology for
Prof. David Marples, Chief Scientist, Telcordia
Dave Marples is Chief Scientist in the Network Systems Research Lab at
Telcordia Technologies, Piscataway New Jersey, where he has mostly
worked since 1999. He has also worked with Global Inventures Inc., where
he was responsible for the management of the Open Services Gateway
Initiative (OSGi). He has overseen the development of the Networked
Appliance research programme at Telcordia, and is now working in the
field of vehicle telematics, automotive prognostics and diagnostics. He
is a Fellow of the OSGi, and is Honorary Professor of Communications at
the University of Stirling.
As we move towards bespoke healthcare tailored to the needs of the
individual, with a focus on non-invasive monitoring, the need arises for
an in-home computing platform which can be configured according to the
requirements of the individual being monitored. Such a platform needs to
highly reliable, long-lived, hacker-proof and highly configurable. It
needs to support a huge range of programs, not all of which can be
developed, or even conceived, at the time that the platform itself is
The pluggable service architecture developed by the Open Services
Gateway Alliance Initiative has been created with exactly these needs in
mind. Developed for use in a wide range of different environments, from
the automobile through to the mobile phone, it is the ideal basis for
creating a homecare ecosystem into which individual components can be
plugged upon demand.
In this talk, Dave will discuss the fundamental underpinnings of
the OSGiA Service Platform. He will provide examples of how it can be
physically realised in a set-top box, a burglar alarm, or perhaps a
- 11.10 Tea/Coffee
Served on the first floor.
- 11.30 Isolation and Social
Exclusion: How can Technology help?
Prof. Andrew Monk, Centre for
Usable Home Technology, University of York
Andrew Monk is Director of the Centre for Usable Home Technology
(CUHTec) at the University of York. He is professor of Psychology and
a Fellow of the British Computing Society. His work has been concerned
with taking a user-centred approach to the design many kinds of
information and communication technologies. Most recently this has
taken the form of research on technological support for older people
who wish to live independently.
We all try to use technology in a way that puts the user/client/patient
at the centre of our considerations. In this talk, Andrew will show
how to view assistive technology and telecare as a service to the
user/client/patient. It will be suggested that a really
user/client/patient-centred approach gives isolation and social
exclusion a much more prominent priority. It will also be shown how
technology can help.
- 12.00 Technology as
part of The Assessed Care Package - The Challenges and The
Linda MacPherson, Housing and Social Work
Linda Macpherson is the Team Manager in Falkirk Council responsible for
the Community Alarm Service and its Mobile Warden Response team. She
manages a service where passive and assistive alarm technology have been
mainstreamed since 1991 and has helped develop a falls management
project using falls detection technology which was a national
award-winner in 2005.
In her talk, Linda will outline the importance of technology being
included in the assessment process, and will explain some of the positive
outcomes which can be achieved. She will discuss the challenges of making
technology-inclusive assessment a reality, the ethical dilemmas this
presents, and the training agenda for the future.
- 12.30 The Design and
Evaluation of New Technologies to support People with Dementia
Prof. Roger Orpwood, Bath
Institute of Medical Engineering University of Bath
Roger Orpwood is the Director of the Bath Institute of Medical
Engineering at Bath University, an engineering design and development
organisation with a major focus on assistive technology. The institute
has been involved for many years in the development of technological
approaches to supporting people with dementia, both in their own homes
and in care settings, with a recent interest in more directly supporting
quality of life.
Roger will discuss the development of new technologies to
support people with dementia. He will demonstrate the kinds of outcomes
that can be achieved with a sensitive, user-centred approach to design.
The talk will underline the importance of a team approach to design,
where end users, personal and professional carers all need to be
involved - in defining the issues to be explored, and in guiding the
evolution of new designs.
- 13.00 Lunch and Poster Sessions
Posters from project members will exhibited on the third floor.
Delegates are invited to view these during the lunch break.
- 13.45 Demonstration Sessions
MATCH team members will have a number of small exhibits on the third
floor. During this session, delegates are invited to visit these
exhibits and to meet with project staff. The research to be demonstrated
is as follows:
- use of digital pen and paper for recording care activities
- policies for control of home automation
- issues in use of home care technology
- speech-based communication
- automated display and analysis of home sensor data
- audio reminder system
- gestural and tactile interfaces
- technology integration in MATCH.
- 14.45 Tea/Coffee
Served on the first floor.
15.00 Barriers to The
Uptake of Home Care Technology
Prof. Evan Magill, Computing Science and Mathematics,
University of Stirling
This session will explore a variety of issues with the invited speakers
as a panel and with the audience. Three topics are of particular
relevance: pragmatic factors, ethical concerns and usability issues. An
electronic voting system will be used to gather the general feeling of
the audience on various questions.
- 15.45 Colloquium
Prof. Ken Turner and Louise Bellin
- 16.00 Colloquium End