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@Home: A system for real time monitoring pf patients' vital parameters

: Sachpazidis, I.

Kim, M.-H. ; Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg:
Advanced Medical Image Processing 2002. Proceedings
Heidelberg, 2002
Korea-Germany Joint Workshop on Advanced Medical Image Processing <6, 2002, Heidelberg>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
home care; telemedicine; medication compliance; ECG; bluetooth; GRPS; UMTS

In this paper we are going to describe a robust platform for real-time remote monitoring of patients at their home by doctors at the hospital. The platform is based on both state-of-the-art medical sensors.
Health monitoring sensors which have the capability to measure quick and easy vital parameters such as blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, oxygen saturation (SpO2), as well as ECG 12 leads. Additionally, an advantage of the platform is that all the sensors are wearable and the patient is able to walk around in the house or go for a walk. Moreover, the sensors are able to convey the recorded data over Bluetooth, a short range wireless communication, to any Bluetooth enabled device such as Desktop computer or a Pocket PC.
A real time remote monitoring of patient. The recordings from each medical sensor are immediately transmitted to the clinic over GSM/UMTS. This allows the clinic to monitor the patient in real time and take action if something goes wrong.
Conserving safety issues. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is set up during data transfer between the patient's personal computer and the central server at the clinic.
The User Interface (GUI). From a clinical point of view, the GUI enables complete control of the system by the operator. From the patient's side, his records are available for access via Internet, by making use of a password provided by the clinic.