A location-based mobile health care facility search system for senior citizens

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Abstract

Recently, an elderly population who needs health care or nursing service has been growing rapidly in the Republic of Korea due to a sharp increase in the number of senior citizens. But it is not easy for them to find an accessible and adequate proper health care center that can attend to their needs. For instance, an elder with a cardiovascular disorder should be close to a medical clinic that can attend to his/her illness. This also applies to other diseases as the mobility of seniors is limited. Thus, the program proposed facility in this study allows senior citizens to locate an appropriate medical facility by using smartphone’s GPS-based location information together with a mobile push system. Also, this O2O program monitors the user with the Bluetooth beacons. The development program autonomously estimates the current coordinates of user with a GPS function or a network information system to locate the nearest medical centers or clinics from the database where the information regarding the location of medical facilities and user, along with their specialties, has been stored in advance. The equation of straight line and the user coordinates are used to find suitable prospect medical facilities. The program also offers a user monitoring service (senior citizen) so that it will be able to provide a variety of high-quality services by establishing a technical alliance with medical centers.

Keywords

Elderly nursing care Facility search User’s location Disease Online to offline Software engineering O2O Intelligent agent 

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Acknowledgements

The 4D Health Care Project Group of Catholic University of Pusan aims to cultivate the creative talent who have capabilities in developing 4D contents required for rehabilitation and health care of modern people. Both Department of Physical Therapy and Department of Software of this university are participating and operating the group jointly to perform the task. The 4D Health Care refers to an advanced health care technology which is used for the operation in a 4D-based mixed reality where human senses, cognition, and experiences (1D) have been converged with both real and virtual information (3D), and the project group runs various curricular and extracurricular programs to train every participating student to acquire a 4D technology-based health care contents development skills. This has been written with the support of the 4D Health Care Project Group, and the author wishes to express his gratitude to the Ministry of Education, National Research Foundation of Korea, as well as the CK Project Group. Also, my gratitude extends to Catholic University of Pusan and the Lord who has provided me with his wisdom and grace. The first draft part of this paper was presented at The 11th International Conference on Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering (MUE 2017) [35], May 22–24, 2017, Republic of Korea.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SoftwareCatholic University of Pusan, BugokBusanRepublic of Korea

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