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Cogknow project for the dementia affected

Dementia refers to a combination of symptoms which includes impairments of memory, speech, thought, perception and reasoning. It is a common ailment among the elderlies of Europe, afflicting about 1.9 million elderly people in the continent. They tend to lead a muddled life, but now a pan-European research project is endeavouring to make a marked improvement in their quality of life. The project, named as CogKnow project, is funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The project, which commenced in September 2006, aims to be a breakthrough with research that addresses the needs of those with dementia, particularly those with mild dementia in Europe.

The University of Uster in the UK is the technical coordinator of this project, which is striving to develop tangible home-based solutions for persons who are plagued by memory loss problems. The role of the university will be to research and prototype assistive technologies for supporting people with memory loss; through providing easily recognizable prompts that would facilitate them to navigate through their day. Some of the other esteemed partners of this project include names like Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine, Belfast City Hospital, Telematica Instituut and Across Limits Technologies. The singular element of this innovative project is that here both patients and carers will provide their inputs to the design of the technology, a technology which will be discrete and user- friendly. Following the results of a first study where people with dementia described their unmet needs, the project partners have now commenced their work on a portable cognitive prosthetic device which will facilitate information, communication, safety and reminders. For example, the first function, currently in development, is called 'picture dialling', where the user need only to press a button with a picture on the device for a phone connection to be made to a carer or a member of the family. Another function being considered uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, for tracking the movements of patients and sending out an alarm, if they forget an appointment or their medicine. The aim of the project is to develop solutions that help ageing people with early dementia to experience greater autonomy and feelings of empowerment, and to enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

However, in its first year, the project will confine itself towards developing of this low-level technology with the aim of graduating to ambient intelligence and its enhanced possibilities, for contextual awareness and automated support functionalities.  

Cogon Systems to develop clinical decision support tools for hand-held computers

U.S. Army's Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) has awarded Cogon Systems, Inc. a research, development, test and uation contract to develop advanced clinical decision support tools for hand-held computer use. Here it deserves a mention that Cogon Systems, Inc. is a Florida-based healthcare software company, which is engaged in providing hospitals and community based organizations with leading edge information technology solutions. Cogon Systems raises the standard for patient safety and clinical efficiency through data integration and mobile technology.

The primary goal of the project is to determine if using mobile technology in an inpatient setting to deliver clinical decision support throu

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