Health-Enabling Technologies (HET)
In the field of research health-enabling technologies we are engaged in the development and analysis of information and communication technologies for creating sustainable conditions for self-sufficient and self-determined lifestyles. In this context, sensor-enhanced health information systems are of great importance.
Our research focuses on the human being (typically with future functional impairments) in her/his everyday life.
The aim is to enhance the individual quality of life by utilizing advanced health-enabling technologies, while sustaining the efficiency of health care.
We work on health-enabling technologies that systematically process data, information, and knowledge on an individual's state of health to conserve or improve her or his well-being.
Thus sustainable conditions for an active, self-contained and self-sufficient life should be created, while informational self-determination and data privacy are preserved.
The field of research comprises the following:
- development and investigation of methods for pervasive computing and the use of ubiquitously available information for prevention and early detection of diseases as well as the support for self-sufficient lifestyles for patients with diseases;
- development and investigation of “active” environments, sensor technology and mobile tools, as well as their adequate embedding in health information systems for the aims described above;
- research on informational self-determination for new ways of living and health care.
These methods and technologies need powerful networking against the background of organization structures in healthcare that may change.
The development and investigation of such infrastructures are part of this research.
Target groups of health-enabling technologies are on the one hand the patients, their relatives or persons of trust, and on the other hand the healthcare professionals.