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Smart TV Medicine Tracker

Background and Motivation: 

Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) is a popular area of modern R&D projects and many papers prove the value of mHealth for modern healthcare. Elderly people should benefit most from from such systems as they need to carefully monitor their vital signs and accurately follow the schedule for medicine intakes and exercises prescribed by physicians. Most of the available applications and studies suggest using a smartphone as the main part of the monitoring system, but it may be difficult for elderly people to use small screen and to get accustomed with the touch interface of smartphones. We suppose that using accustomed consumer electronics, namely a TV set, for mHealth purposes is more convenient for elderly people as they spend much time near by the TV set and are more familiar to remote control.

Project Summary: 

The project is intended for development of a medicine intake support system that should notify the user about the intake and keep a records of all taken medicine. The application is targeted for the emerging Smart TV market. The youth of platforms should not temper with the application adaptation and use as any recent TV could be transformed into the Smart TV by attaching the set-top box to it. Based on the gained experience we will try to derive common obstacles that most mHealth application developers will face when using Smart TVs in their projects.
The main use case of the medicine intake tracking system is the following. We consider that user is watching TV at the moment and the system is properly set up by a physician or by relatives. Setup includes following information: what medicine patient should intake, when they should do it and amount of the medicine per intake. Setup can be performed either remotely or locally.
When time comes for a medicine intake, the system displays a subtle notification in top area of screen, accompanied by a short sound notification. The notification allows to open the tracker application and add the record describing the intake. If the patient fails to record an intake for 5 minutes, the system displays the full-screen alarm notification, accompanied by the repeating sound notification, that will not disappear until the patient make the required action.
This use case can be extended for other mHealth activities, like taking measurements of vital signs or performing exercises. In these cases the click on the notification opens another applications, such as a measurement tracker or an exercise helper. Time given to perform required action may depend on an action type, for example, 5 minutes for the blood pressure measurement and 15 minutes for the squatting exercise.

Project goals and future research directions: 
<p>There are two goals of the project. The short-term goal is to develop an application for Google Smart TV platform that can display notifications on the schedule and possesses elderly-friendly interface supporting multiple users. The long-term one is to discover advantages and disadvantages of using Smart TV as the core element in mHealth services development.</p>
List of team members and their organizations: 

M. Yusufov, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University

I. Paramonov, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University

A. Vasilev, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University

I. Timofeev, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University

Project Timeline and Expected Deliverables: 

First version of Android application with basic functionality is scheduled to be released in the beginning of Autumn 2013 and presented at the 14th FRUCT conference.

Final deadline: 
Friday, October 31, 2014 (All day)