Context Analysis of Health Monitoring for Patients in Care Transition Environment
International Journal of Control and Automation
The application of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) in healthcare systems has been essential to the delivery of efficient and effective healthcare services. Wireless sensor nodes frequently exchange healthcare information across different network environment as users of healthcare services are constantly on the move. The transmission of healthcare information among these sensor nodes and user devices is essentially important for an accurate and timely analysis of patient's current health
... n. Thus, the need for mobility support among user devices that has a great impact on the fast delivery of healthcare information is essentially necessary. This paper deals with the context-aware analysis of an IP-enabled u-Healthcare system that utilizes wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for continuously monitoring in real-time the health condition of patients. The movement of user devices is patterned to the mobility of mobile nodes in Fast Mobile Internet Protocol version (FMIPv6) in order to handle the accurate and timely delivery of healthcare information. patients and even prevent high risk or chronic diseases such as hypertensions, diabetes, etc. This paper aims to provide a context analysis of an IP-enabled u-Healthcare system. The IP-enabled u-Healthcare system utilizes the features of WSNs for measuring the various health conditions and status of patients to allow a remote real-time and continuous health monitoring. The advantages of Fast Mobile Internet Protocol version 6 (FMIPv6)  to support the mobility of user mobile devices is optimized in order to deliver a timely and accurate healthcare services. The system can predict and anticipate the movements of user mobile devices across the different network access points. The seamless connectivity and uninterrupted delivery of healthcare information is guaranteed through an efficient and optimized handover across the different wireless network environments. The rest of this paper is organized as follows: Section 2 discusses the utilization of wireless sensor networks to u-Healthcare systems; the mobility support for user devices is outlined in Section 3; the process flow for the context-aware analysis of IP-enabled u-Healthcare system is discussed in Section 4; and the concluding remarks in Section 5.