A Model to Develop Frailty Diagnosis Tools through Mobile Devices and a Service-Oriented Approach

  • Jesús Fontecha
  • Ramón Hervás
  • José Bravo
  • Fco. Javier Navarro
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7657)

Abstract

Frailty is a health condition related to aging and dependence. A reduction or delay of frailty state can improve the quality of elderly life. However, providing a frailty assessment is difficult because many factors must be taken into account. Most of the time, measurement of these factors is performed in a non-centralized way, encouraging physician to make a wrong diagnosis or not as objective as it should be.

In this paper we propose a general model as a guideline to develop systems focused on elderly frailty assessment by using mobile phone capabilities and service-based approach. The proposed model uses a set of identified elements, facilitating the deployment of relevant services to support physicians in frailty decision-making. From this model, accelerometer sensors are entities used to get data of physical activity, while the mobile phone is responsible for service deployment.

Keywords

Frailty elderly people mobile phone accelerometer healthcare services 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesús Fontecha
    • 1
  • Ramón Hervás
    • 1
  • José Bravo
    • 1
  • Fco. Javier Navarro
    • 2
  1. 1.MAmI Research LabUniversity of Castilla-La ManchaCiudad RealSpain
  2. 2.Geriatric Services, Residencia Asistida de AncianosCiudad RealSpain

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