Learn about how the Internet of Things can help people ageing well with this free online course.
Why join the course?
The Internet of Things (IoT) includes many new digital health technologies, from apps to wearable devices to home sensors - devices that are expected to revolutionize healthcare. But when will they become truly useful and usable for those with the most at stake: older adults with multiple medical problems? This is just one of the questions we will tackle this course.
You’ll learn about how older adults and clinicians manage health problems and health pain points, and how to check up-front for the real problems seniors need technological help solving.
This course will teach you about the different aspects of developing a useful health tool. Using a detailed case study you will learn about why current digital health tools often fail and how to create digital health products that experts can recommend, and that seniors and family caregivers will find beneficial. We’ll also examine the benefits of wearable devices for telecare and telemonitoring of elderly and lonely patients.
Understand Taiwan’s health system
The Taiwanese government have several nationwide health policies, including “active ageing” and “age-friendly cities” that enjoy wide participation. We’ll review these policies and other aspects of Taiwan’s health system to see what can be learned from a system that has offered universal care and unlimited provider choice, while still keeping administrative costs under 1% of health expenditures, for the last 20 years.
What topics will you cover?
- Introduction to geriatric care.
- Knowing the real problems while ageing and how to participate.
- Introduction to health technologies (Internet of Things).
- Learn about developing useful health tools.
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Describe difficulties while ageing.
- Explore the technologies that could promote healthy ageing.
- Improve understanding of new technologies related to personal health.
Who is the course for?
There are no special requirements for this course but an interest in healthcare, technology or Taiwan would be useful.
Who will you learn with?
Dr Shabbir Syed-Abdul is an associate professor of Health informatics at Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.
Luis Fernandez-Luque PhD
Luis Fernandez-Luque has been involved in eHealth research and development for over 10 years. He is a researcher at www.qcri.org & co-funder of Salumedia.
Hi. I am Kevin Ke and currently a professor of NTUT, Taiwan, RoC. I am interested in networking tech. , WSN/IoT routing, SDN/NFV, and RFID. You are welcome to contact me and share research experience.
e-Patient Dave deBronkart
Dave deBronkart, better known as "e-Patient Dave," is the world’s best-known advocate for patient engagement. International keynote speaker about patient-clinician partnership.
Who developed the course?
Taipei Medical University
Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.
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