Health and Care

Technologies

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Healthcare and social services are facing diverse challenges: Demographic changes include a continuous increase in the average life expectancy, a constantly low birth rate and an advancing singularization of society. Forecasts indicate a significantly increased need of care in the years to come, while the amount of care and medical staff is decreasing. What is necessary to refine healthcare and social services to become sustainable and innovative?

 

The “Health and Care“ business unit approaches this question. In cooperation with the industry and with research facilities, sustainable scenarios are pointed out with regard to all relevant participants and Use Cases forecast supply conditions of the future.

The research area combines building automation and sensor technology as well as robotics and information and communication technology. In this, the inHaus does not only serve as a development platform. It is rather about specific development and application projects in cooperation with users such as patients, medical and care staff, as well as health insurance companies and sponsors, before those projects are implemented more widely. The project “inBath”, for instance, aims particularly at the support and improvement of care in multi-generation households. With the help of new technologies, memory aids for personal hygiene are supplied for elderly or impaired persons. A mirror in the bathroom reminds them to shave or to take their medication. This technology has the potential to increase the autonomy of those in need of care and to give them a chance to stay in their own homes for a longer time.

“Hospital Engineering” - The hospital with future

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The “Hospital-Engineering” labor – a research and cooperation platform, on an area of 350 square meters– has been opened in the Fraunhofer inHaus-Zentrum under the lead of Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST in cooperation with various Fraunhofer Institutes and more than 80 industry and network partners to show all significant functional areas in a hospital as realistic as possible. The aim of the joint work in this authentic test environment is to improve processes and methods in a hospital with the use of intelligent technology, to reduce costs and to increase the quality of care for patients. In this labor everyday scenarios can be analyzed and developments can be tested without interrupting the everyday hospital life. Moreover, end user, like for example doctors, nursing staff or hospital engineers are able to test new solutions, evaluate them, express their requirements, comment designs or prototypes and bring in their knowledge in a familiar environment.

Link to the project Hospital Engineering