Evaluating the Applicability and Utility of an Elderly Care Ecosystem

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The improvement of life expectancy and the decline of total fertility rate worldwide have been key factors for the increasing percentage of the elderly population in the society. Aging comes with several personal needs, which require multiple care services specially tailored (personalized) for each individual. As these needs change throughout life, current services need to adapt (evolve) to reflect new requirements. Advances on collaborative networks for elderly care suggest the integration of services from multiple providers, encouraging collaboration as a way to provide better personalized and evolutionary services. This approach requires a support system to manage the personalized and evolving services for elderly care. In this paper, we present the Elderly Care Ecosystem (ECE) framework. ECE is a system designed to support the personalization and evolution of elderly care services following the principles of collaborative networks. To show the feasibility of our approach, we developed a prototype of ECE and evaluated it empirically using the technology acceptance model. Evaluation results are then presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaborative Networks and Digital Transformation - 20th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2019, Proceedings
EditorsLuis M. Camarinha-Matos, Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Dario Antonelli
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030284633
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019
Event20th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2019 - Turin, Italy
Duration: 23 Sep 201925 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference20th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2019


  • Collaborative business services
  • Elderly Care Ecosystem
  • ICT and ageing
  • Technology acceptance model


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