CEN Workshop on guidelines for introducing tele-medical and pervasive monitoring technologies balancing privacy protection against the need for oversight and care. 

The health expenditure in the EU is expected to rise by 350% by 2050 compared to an economic expansion of only 180% and the provision of Long Term Care (LTC) will pose an increasing challenge to the sustainability of public finances in the EU, due to an ageing population. The Responsive Engagement of the Elderly promoting Activity and Customized Healthcare (REACH) therefore represents a solution that seeks to prevent elderly citizens from loss of function and a decline of being able to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) independently.  However, GDPR and European national legislations impose limitations on introducing technologies that enable professional and informal care providers to monitor continuous information on a person’s activities and actions even when such monitoring is conducted for the purpose of care.

Hence, the aim of this CEN Workshop is to develop a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA), which will define guidelines  for introducing, implementing and operating sensor monitoring technologies into the private homes of citizens who are in need of care and for the purpose of detecting critical events and trends.

The guidelines will describe and exemplify the processes and procedures to support an ethically responsible balance between, on the one hand, respect for the autonomy and privacy of the citizens in need of care and, on the other, the obligation to provide quality care of typically frail citizens.

The  proposer of the Workshop is DTU, the Technical University of Denmark,  Danish partner of the REACH consortium and the secretariat holder of this workshop is DIN, the German Institute for Standardization.

The Workshop participation is open to all interested parties. For more information you can contact the Workshop Secretary Lydia Vogt (Lydia.Vogt@din.de) or Anja Seeliger (Anja.Seeliger@din.de)

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