IBM WebSphere Enables Creation of Tools to Track Seniors' Health

Brian T. Horowitz | eWeek | November 9, 2011

IBM and the University of Alberta are collaborating on a project that involves using IBM WebSphere Sensor Events to create avatars from data gathered from devices monitoring elderly patients.

WebSphere Sensor Events is a platform that captures data from sensors on vital signs such as body weight and heart rate using situational event processing. The software allows researchers to apply rules on event triggers, which prompt software to store data for a particular incident. Then WebSphere performs a sensor event analysis of each event.
Avatars will re-create the elderly patients' real-life activities captured by sensors and help physicians better understand how to care for the elderly population and allow them to remain in their homes longer.

University of Alberta researchers have been working with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital teaching facility in Edmonton, Alberta, since June to monitor elderly patients in a private living suite called a "Smart Condo."...