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Internet of Things for Active Aging

Learn about how the Internet of Things can help people aging well with this free online course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Internet of Things for Active Aging

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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 in the near future. 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 on this course.

Get an introduction to geriatric care

Better technology can often come from greater understanding. On 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.

Learn about developing useful health tools

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 aging” 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 percent of health expenditures, for the last 20 years.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHello! I'm Dr. Shabbir Syed-Abdul, an assistant professor in Graduate of Biomedical Infomatics Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. We are back again with a new course on Internet of things for active aging. Why you need this course? To explore the challenges and opportunities of using wearable devices for elderly care. Who can enroll? Anyone from undergraduate to Post Doc interested in using technology for active aging. What you can expect from this course? Better understanding of the practical problem in the aging population and how best wearable devices can be used to help and promote active aging. We form a team of international experts from US, Middle East and Taiwan.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds Basically this course explores the problems of learning and then we discuss the opportunities and challenges of using smart wearable devices for active aging. We will introduce the problems while aging such as cognitive impairment, Issues related with balance and fall, Motor disability, how to cope with sleeping disorder and so on. we will be discussing the real benefits of wearable devices that we found from literature. We also want to highlight the role of smart wearable devices in diabetic and cancer patients. I hope and wish you will enroll in this course and take the best advantage of learning from our international experts. Thank you for viewing this video. Hope to see you in the course.

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?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Describe difficulties while aging
  • Explore the technologies that could promote healthy aging
  • 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?

Shabbir Syed-Abdul

Dr.Shabbir Syed-Abdul,is an assistant 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 and Medical Informatics research for over 10 years. He has many publications and is chairman of the IMIA Social Media WG. He works at www.qcri.org

Kai-Wei Ke

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 (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.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

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If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

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When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.