Cáritas Coimbra will kick-off project to support nurses of people with dementia

On February 20th and 21st, Cáritas Coimbra will be in Vienna, Austria, to participate in the kick-off meeting of the project DIANA – Digital Intelligent Assistant for Nursing Applications.

Flávia Rodrigues, from Cáritas Coimbra’s Innovation Department, will be present at the meeting and will introduce the Portuguese entity to the project consortium. This will be the first official meeting of all partners, who will take the opportunity to discuss the content and development of DIANA, in which Cáritas Coimbra will be one of the pilots.

Every 3.2 seconds a person is diagnosed with dementia. By 2018, the global cost of this disease exceeded 900 billion euros, 80% of which are related to the costs of formal and informal care.

DIANA intends to respond to this issue, by providing a new product to optimize the nurses’ work procedures for people with dementia through the use of 3D artificial intelligence sensors. The system aims to support the nursing staff in complex tasks such as: monitoring patients safety, controlling walks during the night, reacting to alarms from existing sensors and preventing false alarms, supporting activities of daily living and observing patient health trends, to record data for further expert evaluation.

This project is financed by the AAL Programme and, in Portugal, by FCT- Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. The consortium consists of Cáritas Coimbra and the UCT – Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal), EET Europarts and the Geriatrische Klinik St.Gallen (Switzerland), Bluepoint (Romania) and the Technische Universität Wien and Cogvis (Austria), which is the project coordinator.


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