Wireless Sensor Network to Support Home Care in Telemedicine Applications

Wireless Sensor Network to Support Home Care in Telemedicine Applications

Silvia Jiménez-Fernández (Grupo de Bioingeniería y Telemedicina, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Antonio Cobo-Sánchez-de-Rojas (Grupo de Bioingeniería y Telemedicina, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Álvaro Araujo-Pinto (Laboratorio de Sistemas Integrados, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Pedro Malagón (Laboratorio de Sistemas Integrados, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Octavio Nieto-Taladriz (Laboratorio de Sistemas Integrados, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Paula de Toledo (Grupo de Bioingeniería y Telemedicina, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) and Francisco del Pozo (Grupo de Bioingeniería y Telemedicina, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-889-5.ch176
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Abstract

The care of patients suffering from chronic diseases is a growing source of expense for health care services around the world. The implementation of new models for patients’ treatment and follow-up needs to be faced in order to increase patients’ quality of life, and to reduce the costs associated. In this article, we propose a point-of-care for home care scenarios that is based on the remote monitoring of biomedical parameters.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Embedded System: Special-purpose system in which the computer is completely encapsulated by or dedicated to the device or system it controls.

Point-of-Care: Care at the bedside or anywhere else where the patient might be, or where the caregiver makes the decisions.

Wearable Sensors: Biomedical sensors that, due to their small size and weight, can be worn on the body.

Wireless Communication: Communication that takes place via airwaves as opposed to cables.

Home Care: Health care given to a person at home that aims to enable people to remain at home rather than use residential, long-term, or institutional-based nursing care.

Home Area Network (HAN): The interconnection of information technology devices within the range of a house.

LR-WPAN: Low Rate Wireless Personal Area Network.

Usability: Perception of a target user of the effectiveness (fit for purpose), efficiency (work or time required to use), and ease of use of a device, interface, computer program, Web site, and so forth.

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