PAL – Personal Assistant for healthy Lifestyle is a project funded under the Horizon 2020 Research Framework of the European Commission, started in 2015 and granted by EU for 4.5M Euro.
This 4 year project involves the research partners TNO (coordinator), DFKI, FCSR, Imperial College and Delft University of Technology, next to end-users (the hospitals Gelderse Vallei and Meander Medical Center, and the Diabetics Associations of Netherlands and Italy), and SME’s (Mixel and Produxi). MediaClinics is supporting Mixel in mobile apps developments.
The Personal Assistant for healthy Lifestyle (PAL) system will support children with T1DM (7-14 years of age), their families and the related medical staff. Overall, the system can adapt to the children’s individual needs (health condition, developmental and behavioural change stage, abilities, gender, and social environment) and can help them to acquire the tools, the knowledge and the skills to adhere to and self-manage their diabetes regimen.
The project applies in facts a user-centered co-design and test-process to establish consistent, long-term and personalized self-management support in and outside medical settings, via mHealth applications, which include on-line diary, educational quizzes and games. PAL will also provide motivational support for the adoption of healthy lifestyles.
The PAL platform developed to achieve these objectives, is composed by a social robot (and its mobile 3D avatar), an extendable set of mobile health applications, and a safe Cloud platform for data storage, which all connect to a common knowledge-base and reasoning mechanism. PAL is instructed and supervised by the health professionals (e.g., diabetologists, nutritionists, nurses, psychologists) who set self-management goals and tasks for the children and could monitor at the same time their developments through it. In turn, PAL helps the children to adopt the goals and perform the activities (together with their families) that will help them achieve the goals. The professionals also provide the relevant educational content for PAL to ensure high quality and alignment with the information provided during usual care.
As mentioned before, the PAL platform is composed by the following technologies: