Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Use of Technology in Health Care and Social Innovation. Challenges and Opportunities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Janienke Sturm
      Pages 3-12
    3. Eveline J. M. Wouters
      Pages 13-22
    4. Anne-mie Anna-Maria Georgina Sponselee
      Pages 53-66
    5. Marianthi Theoharidou, Nikolaos Tsalis, Dimitris Gritzalis
      Pages 67-81
    6. Berry Eggen, Elise van den Hoven, Jacques Terken
      Pages 83-92
    7. Lesa Huber, L. Jean Camp
      Pages 93-103
    8. A. Leah Zulas, Aaron S. Crandall
      Pages 121-131
    9. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen, Marijke Span
      Pages 133-146
    10. Eveline J. M. Wouters, Thea C. M. Weijers, Marianne E. Nieboer
      Pages 147-154
    11. N. Nijhof, Joost van Hoof, M. M. Blom, J. E. W. C. van Gemert-Pijnen
      Pages 155-165
    12. Martina Ziefle, Anne Kathrin Schaar
      Pages 167-177
    13. Eveline J. M. Wouters, Thea C. M. Weijers, Tracy L. Finch
      Pages 179-189
    14. Hannah R. Marston
      Pages 191-201
    15. Sebastiaan T. M. Peek, Sil Aarts, Eveline J. M. Wouters
      Pages 203-214

About this book


Smart homes, home automation and ambient-assisted living are terms used to describe technological systems that enrich our living environment and provide means to support care, facilitate well-being and improve comfort. This handbook provides an overview of the domain from the perspective of health care and technology.  In Part 1, we set out to describe the demographic changes in society, including ageing, and diseases and impairments which lead to the needs for technological solutions. In Part 2, we describe the technological solutions, ranging from sensor-based networks, components, to communication protocols that are used in the design of smart homes. We also deal will biomedical features which can be measured, and services that can be delivered to end-users as well as the use of social robots.  In Part 3, we present best practices in the field. These best practices mainly focus on existing projects in Europe, the USA and Asia, in which people receive help through dedicated technological solutions being part of the continuum of the home environment and care. In Part 4, we describe the preconditions to successful ambient-assisted living, including policies, the roles of professionals and organisational needs, design aspects and human factors, the needs of users, laws, business cases, and education.


Ageing Ambient Assisted Living Chronic Health Conditions Health Care Home Automation Social Robots

Editors and affiliations

  • Joost  van Hoof
    • 1
  • George Demiris
    • 2
  • Eveline J.M. Wouters
    • 3
  1. 1.Fontys EGT – Centre for Healthcare and TechnologyFontys University of Applied SciencesEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Institute of allied health professionsFontys University of Applied SciencesEindhovenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01582-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01583-5
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