Discover our new blog focused on how societal challenges are being addressed thanks to IoT

Activage Blog societal challenges

We are glad to announce the relaunch of the ACTIVAGE blog on September 2018!

The new blog is open to external experts with the purpose of building together a place for sharing the vision about the hot topics around the Internet of Things.

The posts will have a common thread, focused on a better living of citizens thanks to the IoT technologies from different perspectives: active and healthy ageing, big data, smart living, data privacy and security, mobility, interoperability, socio-economic interest in Europe and more.

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Making life more liveable - The advantages technology can bring to people living with chronic conditions

“I choose to live in the present because when you suffer from chronic illness, you don’t have a choice. It’s day by day, one foot in front of the other. When there is a good day, you soak up that moment. Those ‘good selfie’ moments are captured because they’re a gift.” - Yolanda Hadid (Model, actress and person living with a chronic condition – Lyme Disease)

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Early diagnosis using Artificial Intelligence – the case of Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s probably safe to state that the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), is one of the biggest concerns regarding the well-being of older populations on developed countries. The situation is twofold: besides the well-known behavioral and cognitive issues affecting the patient and her most immediate relatives who usually assume the caregiving burden, the disease also has an economic impact that put additional stress on any public or private health systems.

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BIG DATA and how it can affect your HEART

I started to work in data modelling 15 years ago. My company at that time was a pioneer in building technological solutions based on data, mathematical models and extracting knowledge to make better decisions.

Big data is transforming the way that companies compete amongst, this paradigm has also arrived in the health industry which is good news for our ageing hearts.

In my opinion, this approach can be based on 4 pillars. 4 Ps using data for a healthy heart: Participation, Personalization, Prediction and Prevention.

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What my father taught me.

My father has a laptop, a smartphone, a smart home alarm, a kindle, a tablet and a smart TV. He’s 76 years old. Does he know how to fully use them all? Not yet! Have I set up, installed and educated him (and my mother) on all of them? Definitely. Without my help, my parents would get through and know no different – but they wouldn’t be using the technology to the best of its capability. Maybe that’s ok? Not in my view.

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Did you know that in Europe there are more people over 65 than under 5? Those under 5 are already digital natives but it’s not the same for people over 65. However, people over 65 are happy to include new technologies into their lives if they see a clear benefit. Skype, WhatsApp, FaceBook and some others have shown a clear benefit for them be in touch with those they care for. Simple and clear.

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Digital health is different – why that is important

Throughout history, doctors and others delivering health care have typically used a simple model when treating patients: deliver an intervention, such as a medicine or a surgical operation, and watch the patient improve (or occasionally not). The key point is that most people expect medical treatment to comprise what is typically a single action, followed, hopefully, by recovery. This is the basis for example for the classic randomised controlled trial (RCT) formalized by British epidemiologist Austin Bradford Hill in the 1940s.

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