The research project "Advanced emergency medical services for the disabled based on innovative ICT technologies", cofinanced by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, aims to improve the quality of patient care in emergency operations involving people with disabilities.

The main goals of the project are:

  • the development of a Disabled Person Profile that describes the disabilities of an individual which are most relevant in the context of emergency medical services (EMS);
  • the exploitation of the Disabled Person Profile and the development of a medical knowledge base for the automatic generation of tailored emergency procedures for the disabled;
  • the design and the development of a software system supporting EMS operations involving people with a wide variety of disabilities and impairments;
  • the design and the development of 3D simulations to train medical first responders on specific scenarios involving disabled patients.

The project is coordinated by the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI Lab) of the University of Udine and involves relevant regional actors for the domain of interest such as Emergency Medical Services Center (118), Udine Hospital and Regional Helicopter Emergency Medical Services, the "Gervasutta" Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Udine, and the Council of the Disabled for the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.