1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Reside@HOME: Linux For Elderly Healthcare

Michael Larabel

Published on 5 November 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 2 - 1 Comment

With the projected increase in the elderly population, the rising cost of health-care, and the lack of available resources to those with Alzheimer's and other neuro-degenerative diseases, a new technology start-up is hoping to alleviate some of this burden and create a new opportunity for Linux in the next-generation tele-health market. Reside@HOME is an "aging in place" solution that's designed to keep those with diminished cognitive ability independent and in their own residence for as long as possible. Health information professionals and those with health information management degree will soon be versed. Part of what makes this interesting; however, is that the device is Linux-based -- Ubuntu Linux to be exact. Blue Heron Network LLC, the company behind Reside@HOME, will be formally introducing this solution in the first quarter of 2008, but in this article are some details about this unique Linux-based health-care product.

Reside@HOME has been actively in development by Blue Heron Network since 2004. Their concept and process throughout this time has remained the same and has proved to them to be reliable. The first generation Reside@HOME prototype was developed on a Windows-based .NET stack but then converted to being Linux-based and built upon free software. Linux was chosen because of its track record for security, stability, total cost of ownership, and speed. Specifically at its heart is Ubuntu Linux.

The Reside@HOME product consists of a tabletop device (referred to as the "Reside@HOME Monitor") that is located with the care receiver and then a web-based control panel to facilitate the caregiver interaction. The Reside@HOME Monitor is a touch-screen display device (no keyboard or mouse) with a small form factor and a networking interface (via a wired, wireless, or cellular connection) that communicates with the Reside@HOME network.

The Reside@HOME Monitor is essentially a "lightweight Internet desktop environment" that's capable of integrating a variety of services but aside from the touch-screen input, it's all managed remotely by caregiver(s), which could consist of the care receiver's family or professional services. Below is a picture of one of the working Reside@HOME prototypes.

Via an Internet connection and web browser, the caregiver(s) can create messages that display on the Reside@HOME Monitor as well as managing a phone/address book, displaying photographs on the monitor, managing photo albums, personal medical information, and other features. There are elderly enhancements to all of these areas such as supporting an image-driven phone book as opposed to just plain text. Remotely, caregivers can intuitively tweak this Linux-based environment to change the audio level on the Reside@HOME Monitor along with the font size/type and even the theme/appearance. The selectable themes include optimizations for care receivers with Macular Degeneration and other eye impairments.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux
  2. Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance
  3. Btrfs/EXT4/XFS/F2FS RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Linux Benchmarks On Four SSDs
  4. AMD's Windows Catalyst Driver Remains Largely Faster Than Linux Drivers
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance
  2. Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3
  3. NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel
  4. Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming?
Latest Linux News
  1. Meizu's Ubuntu Phone Not Expected Until Early Next Year
  2. DragonFlyBSD 4.0 Drops i386 Support, Improves Graphics
  3. Expensive "Free/Libre Software Laptop" Uses A NVIDIA GPU
  4. QEMU 2.2-rc3 Released, Final Release Pushed Back By Couple Days
  5. 64-bit ARM FreeBSD Support Is Taking Shape
  6. GCW Zero Starts Seeing New Game Releases
  7. Intel's Cherry Trail Delayed To Next Year
  8. Bq Introduces More Android Devices, But Still No Ubuntu Phones
  9. Qt 5.4 Release Candidate Expected Later This Week
  10. ArrayFire Accelerated Compute Library Open-Sourced
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Hurrican SDL Port
  3. Roadmap to Catalyst 14.10 ?
  4. how to configure module phoromatic ?
  5. PulseAudio 6.0 Is Coming & Other Linux Audio Plans For The Future
  6. Debian Developer Resigns From The Systemd Maintainership Team
  7. Cant get working Kaveri APU - A10-7850k
  8. Script for Fan Speed Control