Mobile Telemedicine Systems for Remote Patient's Chronic Wound Monitoring

Mobile Telemedicine Systems for Remote Patient's Chronic Wound Monitoring

Chinmay Chakraborty (BIT Mesra, India), Bharat Gupta (BIT Mesra, India) and Soumya K. Ghosh (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9861-1.ch011
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Abstract

Telemedicine can be defined as the delivery of health care and sharing of medical information at a distance using telecommunication platforms. This chapter describes the implementation of a mobile telemedicine system for patient's chronic wound (CW) monitoring using a smartphone. The system proved to be quick and reliable for providing health care at door step. The tele-wound technology network (TWTN) framework in telemedicine systems using smartphones for remote wound monitoring has been proposed. This framework is effective for both rural as well as urban people; it gives good performance in terms of wound monitoring and advanced diagnosis. The main objective of this work is to design and develop a TWTN system model that can acquire, process and monitor CW related problems with using a low cost smartphone to increase the overall performance of the system. Specifically, the TWTN system is developed for biomedical information like CW processing to monitor important patient information inexpensively and accurately.
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Introduction

Management of chronic wounds (CWs) is becoming a big challenge in medical health care globally. The skin is often referred as “the largest organ of the human body” as it stretches throughout the body parts. The skin is a first line of cover against infection, forms an insulating shield and also protects the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. As it forms the exterior of the human body, the skin is prone to be damaged by external and internal factors that lead to the formation of wounds. A wound is defined as a break in the skin due to an injury or damage, usually occurs when the integrity of the underlying tissue is compromised.

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