Elder-Friendly Navigation System
Between 2010 and 2060, the number of ageing population in Taiwanis expected to increase by 30.9%. The growing numbers of elderly people have a greatimpact on the public spending and nation's health services. To help community andlocal hospitals respond to the challenges of health care delivery and usemunicipal budget efficiently, TaichungCity government, Taiwan developedan Elder Friendly Navigation System for the ageing population to access healthand medical information easily.
Notonly allowing users to understand and obtain a wide variety of health care andmedical services offered by Health Bureau over the Internet, the Elder-FriendlyNavigation System also provides route planning tool for helping them arrive thedestinations safely and on time with GPS-guided navigation.
In this project, SuperGISServer 3.1, the enterprise server GIS software, helps the local government centrallymanage and publish GIS services and build the map website for serving diverse front-endapplications. On the map website, the existing map can be overlaid with GoogleMaps, which enables users to obtain the information of elder-friendly services offeredin the neighborhood via web browsers.
Geodatabase, MicrosoftSQL Server 2012 was also used to manage large spatial data and statistic forefficient data query. On this platform, the integrated data were categorizedinto six groups such as medical service, health care service, long-term careservice, pharmaceutical affairs service, medical device, and public healthcenter.
TheElder-Friendly Navigation System is composed of the front-end websiteand the back-end management platform. The front-end website enables the elderusers to easily query and view the required information of health services. Theback-end management platform allows administrators to manage and update the dataof user accounts, authority, as well as integration functions of diverse tasks toshow the relevant information correctly.
Witha friendly user interface, the map website allows elderly people to receive real-time information around their ownresidences. In the future, several useful functions such as my favorite,footprint of elder-friendly activity, audio tour, etc. will be added on the websiteto continually improve user experience and therefore deliver comprehensive elderly-centeredhealth care services to users.
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