A Context-Aware Service Platform to Support Continuous Care Networks for Home-Based Assistance

  • Federica Paganelli
  • Dino Giuli
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4555)


Efficient and effective treatment of chronic disease conditions requires the implementation of emerging continuous care models. These models pose several technology-oriented challenges for home-based continuous care, requiring assistance services based on collaboration among different stakeholders: health operators, patient relatives, as well as social community members. This work describes a context-aware service platform designed for improving patient quality of life by supporting care team activity, intervention and cooperation. Leveraging on an ontology-based context management middleware, the proposed architecture exploits information coming from biomedical and environmental sensing devices and from patient social context in order to automate context-aware patient case management, especially for alarm detection and management purposes.


care networks home care context model ontology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federica Paganelli
    • 1
  • Dino Giuli
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications, University of Firenze, via S. Marta 3, 50139 FirenzeItaly

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