MedGUIDE is a European research project that provides an innovative approach to support seniors with dementia with their medication adherence through smart pill boxes and social networking.
The project aims to help seniors with mild cognitive impairments living at home by:
- Providing insight into the actual needs of elders with dementia (based on input from the sensor, the network of informal caregivers, and contextual data from IoT devices);
- Providing insight into actual medication use, side effects and adherence;
- Providing support for improving the care and medication adherence through direct reminders and personalized roadmaps leveraging the network of informal caregivers.
MedGUIDE is a digital platform that will bring together informal caregivers, medical professionals, pharmacists and the seniors with dementia themselves. The platform will collect information from the local care network (senior, family, informal caregivers), both through self-reporting and sensor data collection. The self-reports and sensors will report on physical activity, sleeping patterns, movement habits, nutrition and social interaction aspects and medication intake and adherence to the prescribed therapy. The combination of the ‘human perspective’ and the ‘sensor perspective’ will provide an up-to-date view of the state and needs of the seniors with dementia. Furthermore, MedGUIDE will use big data analysis to detect changes in senior’s routines, in order to minimize the side effects of medication.
The program is co-funded by the Active and Assisted Living Research and Development Programme and co-financed by the European Union and the National Agencies of Cyprus, Netherlands and Norway.