Norwegian operator pilots aging in place tech

By: Brian Dolan | Sep 8, 2010        

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Mobile operator Telenor Norway is currently testing aging in place technologies, including wireless-enabled motion sensors and pill boxes, according to a post on the operator’s corporate site. The pilot system alerts patients’ caregivers so they can intervene and provide assistance when needed.

Lilly Ann Stenvold, mHealth researcher at Telenor Corporate Development, has worked on telemedicine initiatives at Telenor for nearly 20 years and is now leading the mHealth pilot at Telenor in conjunction with Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory’s Center for Research-based Innovation.

The project aims to increase efficiency and productivity: “Rather than scheduling nurses to visit homes at fixed times, a home healthcare provider can offer targeted services that would allow nurses to attend to patients when there is an actual need, for example when a person has fallen and is unable to access the telephone or a manual alarm.”

While Telenor’s most recent pilot is still scant on details, the operator has offered mobile health services through a number of its subsidiaries in developing markets, according to the operator:

> Telenor Pakistan offers its subscribers medical tips, legal advice, career guidance and other useful information by simply dialing 1911 on their mobile phones.

> Telenor Serbia is working with UNICEF to offer an mHealth service to the Roma population in Serbia. The mobile service offers up information on health and social services, the ability stay in touch with health care mediators, and an option to receive medical appointment reminders.

> In Bangladesh, Telenor’s Grameenphone operator offers HealthLine, a 24/7 medical call center staffed by licensed physicians and available to all Grameenphone subscribers.

> Grameenphone is also working with World Health Organization (WHO), to send SMS (text) alerts to remind subscribers to vaccinate children for polio.

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  • Susan Baida

    As a Co-Founder of eCareDiary LLC, I’m privileged to be involved with some of the leading experts in the aging in place world. Just a few weeks ago, on August 9th, I interviewed Laurie Orlov, Founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch and the go-to person on Aging Technology. BEST wishes to all of those involved in eldercare and care providing for those who are aging in place, and feel free to listen to all of our expert interviews — they can be found on our website, http://www.eCareDiary.com under the blog tab.

    Susan Baida, Co-Founder of eCareDiary.com

  • Lawrence Wasserman PhD

    As one who served WHO Asia and working in mHealth sector the applications in developing countries is exploding with technologies and prevention and tratment solutions. My focus is on ePatientHealthCare for technology without patient education is short solution for those whose education is significantly limited. Look forward to meeting others at Las Vegas mHealth event. Cheers

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