A pioneering project, TeleCareHub, aims to mainstream telecare services across Austria and significantly alleviate the burden on those in need of care and their caregivers. Telecare, or remote caregiving, is designed to complement traditional, in-person care and support services by leveraging digital connectivity to unite various stakeholders within a single, supportive online platform.
The CUAS’ Aging Research Center (IARA) and MedTech colleagues, Johannes Oberzaucher and Christoph Voutsinas, contribute to this initiative with their expertise in participatory technology development and the transdisciplinary evaluation of digital health applications. This involvement encompasses both the analysis of care services and needs, and the implementation and evaluation of the TeleCareHub platform.
At its core, TeleCareHub is an internet-based technology platform tailored for individuals requiring care, their families, and professional caregivers. Its objective is to enable people with care needs to live independently at home for as long as possible. Unlike one-size-fits-all solutions, TeleCareHub offers a suite of customizable modules to meet the diverse needs of its users.
The platform is designed to host an extensive array of services and solutions that not only provide medical assistance but also address safety and communication needs. This wide-ranging support has the potential to significantly enhance the quality of life and societal participation for older adults affected by dementia and other limitations.
In conclusion, this initiative represents a significant step forward in the use of digital technologies to enhance the care and support of the elderly in Austria, promising a future where technology and humanity converge to create a more inclusive and caring society.
MedTech @ FH Kärnten Team