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Aging and disease    2016, Vol. 7 Issue (4) : 526-539     DOI: 10.14336/AD.2015.1214
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Population Aging in the European Information Societies: Towards a Comprehensive Research Agenda in eHealth Innovations for Elderly
Vancea Mihaela1,*, Solé-Casals Jordi2
1Núcleo de Investigación Científica y Desarrollo Tecnológico en Ciencias Sociales y las Humanidades Universidad de la Frontera, Chile
2Data and Signal Processing Research Group, U Sciences Tech, University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, Spain
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Population ageing is one of the major social and economic challenges of our contemporary societies. With the advent of the information society, new research and technological developments have been promoted in the field of assistive technologies and information and communication technologies of benefit to elderly people. This article examines the potentialities of new informatics developments in generating solutions to better address elderly people’s daily-life, especially those with chronic illness and/or low autonomy. The authours attempt to propose a research agenda, by exposing various strengts and weaknesses of eHealth innovations for elderly, mainly grounded in secondary sources analysis.

Keywords elderly      eHealth      biometrics      health apps      independent living services      information and communication technologies (ICTs)     
Corresponding Authors: Vancea Mihaela   
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Issue Date: 01 August 2016
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Vancea Mihaela,Solé-Casals Jordi. Population Aging in the European Information Societies: Towards a Comprehensive Research Agenda in eHealth Innovations for Elderly[J]. Aging and disease, 2016, 7(4): 526-539.
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PatientsCaregiversPatients and caregivers
Accident and Emergency/AddictionIn Case of Emergency (Android, Blackberry)BHF PocketCPR, ICE (Android, Apple); Pocket First Aid & CPR (Android, Apple);RCP & Asfixia (Android, Apple); Trygfonden Hjertestart [Tryg Foundation Heart Start] (Apple); U-Turn (Android, Apple)112 Iceland (Android, Apple)
Doctor-Patient CommunicationFodspor [Footprints] (Apple, Android); Medipal (Apple, Android); Tyze (Apple)
End-of-life issuesLegacy Organiser (Apple)5 things to do before I die (Facebook)
ExerciseBody Fitness Pro (Android); CardioTrainer (Android); Global Corporate Challenge (Apple, Android); Healthy from O2 Health (Apple); Nike+ Running (Apple, Android); Pedometer (Apple, Android); Yoga Poses (Android)
General Healthcare informationHealthTap (Apple, Android)IDoctus (web, iphone / ipad, android)FarmaciaPlus (Apple)
General Medical InformationmediLexicon (Apple, Android); Speed Anatomy Lite (Quiz) (Apple, Android)
Medical RecordsCapzule PHR (Apple); MyMedRec (Apple)
Medication RemindersDosecast (Apple, Android); Dr.DRIN; Med Minder (Android); OATBook (Apple); Pill Reminder Pro (Push Notifi cation) (Apple); Pillboxie (Apple); Refi lls App (Apple); RxmindMe Prescription (Apple)Pillbox (Apple)
PainMy Pain Diary (Apple): Chronic Pain Management (Apple, Android); Pain Care
Pharmacy finderApo-App (Android)
Self DiagnosisiTriage (Apple, Android); WebMD (Apple, Android).
SleepSleep Cycle Alarm Clock (Apple)
Toilet finderAccessible Toilet Guide (Apple); Porselensguiden [Toliet Guide] (Apple, Android); Toilet Finder (Apple, Android); Wheelmate (Apple)
Table 1  General Use Health Care Apps
PatientsCaregiversPatients and caregivers
AlzheimerAlzNav (Android); Brain Map (Apple); BrainyApp (Apple); Lumosity Brain Trainer (Apple)Alzheimer App (Android, Apple); MobiCare (Apple)
Ankylosing SpondylitisBack to Action (Android, Apple)iAnkylosingSpondylitis (Apple).
Anxiety and stressColour Therapy Anti Stress (Android); Headspace (on-the-go) (Apple, Android); Live Happy (Apple); Stress Tips (Android, Apple)
ArthritisArthritisID (Apple); Pauseboogie fra Gigtforeningen (Android, Apple); RheumaTrack (Android, Apple); Tip Share (Android, Apple)
Asthma and AllergyMyAsthma (Android, Apple); Pollenvarsel (Android, Apple); Sussex Air (Android, Apple)AsthmaPulse (Apple); AsthmaTrack (Apple)
CancerBorstkanker [Breast cancer] (Apple); Cancer iOncolex (Apple); Ovarian Cancer Symptom Diary; Skin Scan (Apple); UMSkinCheck (Apple)Ecco CanCer (Android, Apple)
Chronic fatigue syndromeActiveME (Apple); CFSMapp (Android, Apple)
Communication DisabilityHelpTalk (Android); Phrase Board (Apple);Predictable (Apple); Proloquo2Go (Apple); SmallTalk Aphasia - Female (Apple); SmallTalk Intensive Care (Apple); SmallTalk Pain Scale (Apple); Speak it! Text to Speech (Apple); Talkforme (Apple); Verbally (Apple)
ContinenceBladder Pal (Apple, Android)
DeafnessDragon Dictation (Apple); Hearing-Check (Apple); myFriend Mobile (Android); Sorenson BuzzCards (Apple); SoundAMP R (Apple); Subtitles (Apple); Tap Tap (Apple)Sign 4 Me—a Signed English Translator (Apple)
DiabetesCarbFinder (Apple); Carbs & Cals (Android, Apple); DAFNE Online (Android, Apple); Diabetes UK Tracker (Apple); OnTrack Diabetes (Android)Glucose Buddy—Diabetes Helper (Apple); Glucose Companion Free (Apple); HelpDiabetes (Android); iBGStar Diabetes Manager App (mmol/L or mg/dL) (Apple);Journals of the American Diabetes Association (Apple);
Disability/Disability MobilityBody Language - Expressions (Android); Dragon Search (Apple); Everyday Social Skills (Apple); Survival Signs & Words HD (Apple); Accessibility (Android, Apple); My DisabledGo London (Apple); Wheelmap (Andorid, Apple)
FibromyalgiaFibroMapp (Android, Apple)
HeartBlackouts Checkapp (Apple); iBP Blood Pressure (Android, Apple); Instant Heart Rate (Android, Apple); Know Your Pulse (Apple)Blood Pressure Log (Android)
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseColonoscopy Prep Assistant (Android, Apple); myIBD (Android, Apple).
Kidney diseaseKidneyDiet (Android, Apple); RENAL TRKRR (Android, Apple)
Mental health problemsAngry Birds (Andorid, Apple); Mobilplanforalle (Apple, Android); Qcard (Appl); T2 Mood Tracker (Apple, Android).Buddy ( Diary CBT Self-Help (Android)
Neurological conditionsNeuroMind (Apple, Android)
Parkinson’s diseasePD Life (Apple)Parkinsons (Apple)
StrokeFAST Test (Android, Apple)
Visual ImpairmentBIG Launcher (Android); LookTel Money Reader (Apple); VizWiz (Apple); Zoom Plus Video Magnifier (Android)VisionSim by Braille Institute (Apple)
Table 2  Diseases and Disabilities Apps
Figure 1.  Screenshots of BrainyApp, one of the Alzheimer’s disease apps listed in Table 2
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