IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
Project acronym: eCH
Partners (5): Hospital Organiser AS, Norway, Mental Helse, Norway, VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, The Alloy, UK and GGZinGeest, The Netherlands.
Project coordinator (joint project): Thorhallur Gudmundsson, Hospital Organiser AS, Norway.
Project manager Norway: Thorhallur Gudmundsson, Hospital Organiser AS.
Primary objective: eCH will be a tailor-made portal to the individual needs of elderly and their formal and informal care providers. Around one of five elderly (over 65 years) experience some form of mental disorder. The project's goal is by adaption of an existing self-management and monitoring IT platform made user friendly for senior citizens. The eCH platform will enable elderly to play an active role in managing their own mental well being and healthy daily functioning
Project summary: The target group are elderly without mental health complaints living independently at home, and the mission is improvement of quality of the end-users daily life. The eCare@home focus on elderly people at home, helping them and their environment to communicate, prevent the negative effects of being alone and providing the feeling of living a secure and a meaningful life when becoming older. The project expect to promote and prolong possibilities for elderly with or without mental health problems to stay at home independently and improve their daily functioning; increase the care potential of their informal carers and professional careers. The eCare@home solution will be built on the Hospital Organiser's existing platform of competence and SW components in the field of service at home.
Project period: 2013 - 2016
Further information/website: (under construction)
National grant programme in Norway: Health and Care Services
This document was first published 09.12.2012, and updated 10.12.2012.