New applied research project: »Smart ICT Solutions for Active and Healthy Ageing: Integrating Informal e-Care Services in Slovenia«


The Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) has started an applied research project »Smart ICT Solutions for Active and Healthy Ageing: Integrating Informal e-Care Services in Slovenia«. The project is co-funded by the Slovenian Research Agency and SMART COM d.o.o. Computer and Communication Systems, which is also involved in project activities. As a participant research organisation, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor is also included. The project will run between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2019.

Members of the CSI involved in the project are Dr Vesna Dolničar (head of the project), Prof.  Vasja Vehovar, PhD (head of the CSI), Prof. Andraž Petrovčič, PhD, Jernej Berzelak, PhD, and Mojca Šetinc.

The project is developing an integrated theory-driven and evidence-based approach so as to stimulate the uptake of technological solutions for active and healthy ageing for a ‘triple-win’ outcome: 1) improved well-being of older adults and their informal carers; 2) financial gains for the health and social care sectors; and 3) new market opportunities for providers of assistive services.

The project will address these general outcomes by pursuing three main objectives:

  • understanding how usable, sustainable and affordable assistive services on a cloud-based platform for older people’s prolonged independent living and active and healthy ageing can be (re)designed to consider the needs of both older adults and their informal carers;
  • testing and evaluating the assistive services in a realistic environment involving caregivers  and care receivers in their home environment; and
  • outlining a methodological approach that would allow the active involvement of end-users in all stages of the research and development of assistive services.

The project will include a study of the redesign and exploitation of a cloud-based home care assistive service that is developed by the co-funding organisation, which will include various telecare and telehealth components.


Back to list of notificationsPublished: 21. March 2016 | Category: News