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Ambient Assisted Living as Medical Devices: A European Perspective

  • Bruno GagoEmail author
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Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Abstract

The World Health Organization describes health technology as ‘The application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life’. This definition includes generically all types of technologies used to save human lives.

Among health technologies, the sector of medical technologies has been in outright development for several years with increasing levels of innovation. Currently, we can find more than 500,000 medical technologies. Due to their particularities and comprehensiveness, medical technologies provide a vast range of options for ambient assisted living (AAL) and tailor perfectly into AAL industry.

This chapter aims to highlight the importance of developing and integrating, as soon as possible, a regulatory strategy concerning AAL solutions that guarantees the safe and sustainable development and commercialization of products that can fall under the umbrella of medical technologies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Sciences DepartmentUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Institute of Biomedicine of Aveiro (IBIMED)University of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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