The Norwegian welfare society is faced with big challenges in the coming decades. The baby boomers of the post-war era are becoming senior citizens in an ever aging population. By 2040, the number of people above age 80 in the city of Stavanger (current population 127,000) is estimated to have risen to 26,000.
Researchers at UiS want to tackle the difficulties connected to the ageing wave by deploying new technologies and better organization in the health sector. What if the sick and needing could communicate with their doctors by tablet computers or through the TV? Could a technology-driven welfare system help the elderly live longer at home?
The "Safer@home" project adresses these issues. It's not just about smart computer systems, but also about the organizational changes needed to transform the Norwegian welfare systems to meet the demands of a high technological society.
That's why the IT researchers are collaborating with social scientists in this project together with the commercial partner Lyse Altibox and the municipality of Stavanger.
"Technology can never replace human care, but smart use of technology has the potential to give the elderlies a safer and simpler everyday life, while the healthcare professionals get more time to care for them. With smart solutions, we are ready for the aging wave," says professor Chunming Rong.