The lack of endusers’ involvement in the development of innovative solutions is the main innovation barrier identified by a recent EU survey. Current
practice in technology assessment is to overly focus on clinical effectiveness whilst not considering the real “user experience” enough; that kind of innovation
is often considered unsuitable or unacceptable by the client (the end-user).
EDUCAT aims to develop Assistive Technology using ICT in an innovative bottom-up approach by already involving the end-users during the design phase.
Moreover, EDUCAT’s clinical trials will not only focus on the clinical effectiveness of the AT under trial, but at the same time also focus on economic gain and increased quality of life. These trials will be carried out in the user’s daily life environment during several days. Furthermore, disabled people still require a lot of personal assistance and care; diagnosis and treatment should also be on a more personalized basis to be more effective. That is why EDUCAT will develop an open, modular and adaptive embedded framework, allowing smooth adaptations to the person’s needs for a lower development cost. EDUCAT will use standard tools like tablets & Internet of Things sensors, resulting in new low-cost solutions.
The expected benefits are cost and time savings for companies (for developing technologies) and hospitals (for care) as well as a higher efficiency of use of the technology, and better quality of life for disabled people.