Anyone who has ever been told by their doctor to steer clear of certain foods, lower their calorie intake or cut down on salt knows just how hard it can be to avoid temptation and stay motivated. A virtual healthcare assistant is being developed to offer a guiding hand.
The personalised information system being created by the PIPS project will give users access to real-time healthcare advice anywhere at anytime over mobile and fixed-line devices, helping them to consistently make the best choices to lead a healthier lifestyle. People suffering from illnesses such as diabetes or obesity stand to benefit but so too do people considered at risk of developing so-called ‘lifestyle diseases’ or anyone simply looking to lead a healthier life.
“By giving people instant access to information that is personalised, based on their individual health, preferences and behaviour as and when they need it, they can make well-informed choices in a restaurant, at the supermarket or when out exercising,” explains Alberto Sanna, the coordinator of the IST project. “Healthcare shouldn’t have to be a list of things you should or should not do, because occasionally eating a steak rather than a salad is ok. It’s a matter of knowing when you can.”
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