In PIPS was focused in the creation of a platform for supporting the process of care.  In this project, our lab defined formally Life Assistance Protocols (LAPs). That is a way for formally creating process maps that defined the cares provided to elderly

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”Personalized Information Platform for Life and Health Services” (PIPS) is an integrated project of the VI EU R&D Framework Programme in the area of the Information Society and Health Technologies (e-Health) of the IST Thematic Priorities and is planned to last four years from January 1 2004.

The PIPS project will make a significant step forward in the processes for healthcare (HC) delivery to the European Public by means of creating a new Health and Life Knowledge and Services Support Environment. This will improve current HC delivery models while creating possibilities for HC professionals to get access to relevant-updated medical knowledge and the European citizens to choose healthier lifestyles. The objective is to encompass the entire set of business processes, professional practices, and products applied to the analysis and preservation of the citizen’s well-being using the latest innovations in ICT.

The first objective of PIPS is to use the latest technologies in information and communications to encourage people to make healthy choices in their daily lives. This is achieved by giving users the information they need to improve their personal wellbeing and quality of life, preventing and controlling illnesses, and guaranteeing the continuation of care after leaving hospital and for patients with chronic illnesses.

The project is developing a “virtual carer”, who, by means of an Internet connection (by PC, television, mobile phone, etc.) gives support to patients in the form of recommendations and therapies for a healthy way of life and to improve their health, should they suffer from an illness (e.g. in the case of chronic patients).

By means of a technological platform, PIPS provides a wide range of innovative services based on the necessities and preferences defined in the subject’s personal profile. It can provide warnings and advice on foods and the consumption of medicines, monitor the subject’s state of health, provide access to specific health information and services and even provide information to assist in shopping. PIPS can make a precise comparison of an individual’s personal information with that of his surroundings and in this way helps to resolve different questions in people’s daily lives with maximum safety.

The project is being carried out by a consortium of 16 international members including the Hospital San Raffaelle of Milan, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Participating companies include Atos Origin, Astra Zeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and MARSH. Also taking part are the Polytechnic Universities of Madrid and Gdnask (Poland) and Liverpool University (United Kingdom).