A Study for Home and Mobile U-Healthcare System
International Journal of Software Engineering and Its Applications
Mobile technologies usage is becoming more integrated with the delivery of patient care. Mobile technology has the potential to have a positive impact on healthcare. The number of people suffering from chronic diseases is growing rapidly and poses an ever increasing strain on the health care sector. An ageing population is now the leading healthcare concern of many countries in the world. Aged patients need more healthcare efforts as they present more cases of chronic illnesses involving higher
... healthcare costs. 258 Copyright ⓒ 2015 SERSC devices to empower caregivers to access vital information and provide quality patient care in a cost-effective manner. Depicts the architecture design of the system, composed of three main parts: sensing units, communication infrastructures, and healthcare management. Sensing units include wearable IEEE802.15.4-enabled devices, such as body sensor nodes or wireless ECG sensor, which aggregate and transmit collected vital signs to a server outside the hospital. These data are then relayed to the hospital via mobile. Thus, the major communication protocols in this system are the IEEE 802.15.4 wireless network protocol and the CDMA network protocol. The third part of the system, i.e., healthcare management, includes a web server used to handle received data and to respond to requests to and from mobile, and a monitoring system which provides real-time monitoring, analyzes the acquired data, and formulates a diagnosis in case of abnormal data. However, due to the memory limitations of mobile and the cost of data communication, a simple ECG diagnosis algorithm is constructed, permitting the mobile application to continuously analyze the signals it receives. It only forwards unknown or suspicious signals. This architecture was designed with the aim of developing concepts and tools for wireless mobile healthcare services. Since such services allow constant, remote access to clinical applications at patient point-of-care, they help to improve the quality of care. Moreover, a wearable mobile platform is distributed to patients, based on wireless sensor network technology. These mobile platforms are responsible for gathering patient medical condition. The gathered data is transmitted wirelessly over radio to the receiving base station. The base station is connected to a workstation where the data is processed and analyzed using the software created specifically for this work, the ECG Test. The outcome determined by this software is sent over mobile back to the patient, to inform them about their medical condition.