Designing and Developing a Technology-Assisted System to Support the Elderly during a Medical Emergency

Designing and developing a technology-assisted system to support the elderly during a medical emergency

Globally, an increasing number of elderly people living alone in the community have existing medical conditions and are in need of immediate support during medical emergencies. The most critical parameter of any medical emergency is response time. However, the arrival of ambulance often is delayed and may result in rapid deterioration of the patient's condition. On the other hand, the number of emergency calls to ambulances made by panicked elderly persons is often determined to be 'false alarms' resulting in wastage of ambulance resources.

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