Discover our new blog focused on how societal challenges are being addressed thanks to IoT

Activage Blog societal challenges

We are glad to announce the relaunch of the ACTIVAGE blog on September 2018!

The new blog is open to external experts with the purpose of building together a place for sharing the vision about the hot topics around the Internet of Things.

The posts will have a common thread, focused on a better living of citizens thanks to the IoT technologies from different perspectives: active and healthy ageing, big data, smart living, data privacy and security, mobility, interoperability, socio-economic interest in Europe and more.

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Smartphones: the most effective tool for healthy aging

Six years ago, I took one of the smartest decisions. I gave as her birthday’s present a Smartphone (the brand is not important!) to my mother when she was 69 years old. Since that day I can assure you that my mother has improved her quality of life.

With a Smartphone we are responding to 2 of the great challenges of our society. On one hand, managing and providing solutions to the problems of an aging population and an increase in life expectancy. And on the other hand, digitize this segment of citizens who are entering in a complex stage of their lives. Their digital gap is reduced because their use is offering access to a world of opportunities and they cannot feel as a threat.

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What my mother taught me

I class myself as someone digital. I get technology (to an extent) and have an inherent interest in and how it works. I love it and I live with it pretty much 24/7. I have been part of GP at Hand / Babylon Health and their telemedicine service for almost two years now. It works for me and my lifestyle. By that I mean, I’m pretty busy, and find it hard to find time to queue at 7.30 am for an appointment at the doctors, I don’t have any chronic diseases and know that 9 times out of 10, I have pharyngitis and need antibiotics. Through my app, I can get a video appointment usually with 45 minutes from 6pm to 10pm and get my prescription sent to my local (whether at work or home) pharmacy. Seamless, effortless and effective.

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BIG DATA and how it can affect your HEART

I started to work in data modelling 15 years ago. My company at that time was a pioneer in building technological solutions based on data, mathematical models and extracting knowledge to make better decisions.

Big data is transforming the way that companies compete amongst, this paradigm has also arrived in the health industry which is good news for our ageing hearts.

In my opinion, this approach can be based on 4 pillars. 4 Ps using data for a healthy heart: Participation, Personalization, Prediction and Prevention.

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Early diagnosis using Artificial Intelligence – the case of Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s probably safe to state that the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), is one of the biggest concerns regarding the well-being of older populations on developed countries. The situation is twofold: besides the well-known behavioral and cognitive issues affecting the patient and her most immediate relatives who usually assume the caregiving burden, the disease also has an economic impact that put additional stress on any public or private health systems.

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Making life more liveable - The advantages technology can bring to people living with chronic conditions

“I choose to live in the present because when you suffer from chronic illness, you don’t have a choice. It’s day by day, one foot in front of the other. When there is a good day, you soak up that moment. Those ‘good selfie’ moments are captured because they’re a gift.” - Yolanda Hadid (Model, actress and person living with a chronic condition – Lyme Disease)

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What my father taught me.

My father has a laptop, a smartphone, a smart home alarm, a kindle, a tablet and a smart TV. He’s 76 years old. Does he know how to fully use them all? Not yet! Have I set up, installed and educated him (and my mother) on all of them? Definitely. Without my help, my parents would get through and know no different – but they wouldn’t be using the technology to the best of its capability. Maybe that’s ok? Not in my view.

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