The goal of health-care institutions is to provide patient- centric health care services. Unfortunately, this goal is frequently undermined due to human-related aspects. The PervasIve Nursing And docToral Assistant (PINATA) provides a patient-centric system powered with Ambience Intelligence techniques and Semantic Web technologies. Through PINATA, the movement of patients and medical staff is tracked via RFID sensors while an automated camera system monitors the interaction of people within their environment. The system reacts to particular situations autonomously by directing medical staff towards emergencies in a timely manner and providing them with just the information they require on their handheld devices. This ensures that patients are given the best care possible on a 24/7 basis especially when the medical staff is not around.
This work was carried out within the PINATA project, funded by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (http://www.mcst.org.mt) and done in collaboration with St.James Hospital Malta (http://stjameshospital.com). The project was also supported by the Ministry of Technology (http://www.miti.gov.mt).