Over 21% of the seniors suffering from dementia are exposed to polypharmacy. Both medication prescription and medication adherence tend to be a huge challenge in case of dementia. It can be difficult for medical professionals to properly assess the behavioral and psychological symptoms of the senior with dementia. And due to cognitive decline, it tends to be challenging for the seniors to take the right medication at the right time.

MedGUIDE project

MedGUIDE is a European research project that provides an innovative approach to support seniors with dementia with their medication adherence through smart pill boxes and social networking. The project aims to help seniors with mild cognitive impairments living at home by:

  1. Providing insight in the actual needs of elders with dementia (based on input from the senior, the network of informal caregivers, and contextual data from IoT devices);
  2. Providing insight in actual medication use, side effects and adherence;
  3. Providing support for improving the care and medication adherence through direct reminders and personalized roadmaps leveraging the network of informal caregivers.

How MedGUIDE works

MedGUIDE is a digital platform that will bring together informal caregivers, medical professionals, pharmacists and the seniors with dementia themselves. The platform will collect information from the local care network (senior, family, informal caregivers), both through self-reporting and sensor data collection. The self-reports and sensors will report on physical activity, sleeping patterns, movement habits, nutrition and social interaction aspects and medication intake and adherence to the prescribed therapy. The combination of the ‘human perspective’ and the ‘sensor perspective’ will provide an up-to-date view of the state and needs of the seniors with dementia. Furthermore, MedGUIDE will use big data analysis to detect changes in senior’s routines, in order to minimize side effects of medication.

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The senior with dementia and informal caregivers will be able to prolong independent living by improving medication adherence, by learning about the disease, and by creating a personalized roadmap.
Pharmacists will be able to monitor medication adherence, identify potential harmful side effects of medication, and to provide guidance in dementia polypharmacy management.
Medical professionals will be able to better monitor the state and needs of their patients with dementia, and will be able to provide personalized support.

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As part of pilot phase 1, the MedGUIDE environment for the client is currently being tested with the end users by @HU_Utrecht @Karde_AS @ @MATERIAGROUP. Exciting! https://t.co/v4BdcwtQNe MedGUIDE_ photo

Wetenschap: Thuiswonende ouderen positief over monitoring met bewegingssensoren https://t.co/YJcioN4KPb via @Nursing

The MedGUIDE polypharmacy management system development has ended. Sensors based daily living data is processed by means of machine learning to detect relevant deviations from daily routine #BigData #ApacheSpark #Angular

In the Netherlands PhD research shows: sensors help the elderly to recover from a broken hip. https://t.co/aSdqTAXFSJ

The Netherlands institute for health services have found that patients have difficulty finding reliable information about their medication. The partners of the network of patient information will collaborate to better support patients https://t.co/xUHYNna4ZO
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MedGUIDE is a collaborative project with partners from The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Romania and Cyprus. The project is part of the AAL Programme with funding by the European Union and involved National Funding Authorities.



ConnectedCare aims to improve the healthcare experience. We develop digital solutions that facilitate better collaboration between caretakers, informal caregivers and professional caregivers.

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    Karde AS


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      Vigisense SA


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        Utrecht University of Applied Sciences
        Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

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          Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine
          Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine


          IVM is a non-profit consultancy organisation with the objective of advancing the rational use of medicines by patients and the rational prescription of medicines by health care professionals.

            Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
            Technical University of Cluj-Napoca


            The Distributed Systems Research Laboratory, part of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, has extensive experience in many fields of the distributed systems related research areas.

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              Materia Group – AgeCare


              Materia Group, part of AgeCare (Cyprus), provides a wide range of Care, Nursing and Rehabilitation Services to the Elderly Population of Cyprus, either at the clients’ homes or at Materia’s three facilities in Nicosia.

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