Title: A pervasive tele-health system for continual and low intrusive monitoring using peer-to-peer networks

Authors: Hanh Le, Nina Schiff, Johan Du Plessis, Doan B. Hoang

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, Room 307, Computer Science Building, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa. ' Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa. ' Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa. ' Department of Computer Systems, University of Technology, Sydney, Level 4, Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW, 2007, Australia

Abstract: There are many people suffering from chronic illnesses, obesity and related diseases such as: high blood pressure, arrhythmia, diabetes, etc. However, with a large number of patients and constant health monitoring requirements, a centralised server will not be able to accommodate such high volumes of data. In this paper, the authors propose to develop a pervasive electronic healthcare system using peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. The authors developed a heart monitoring application as their first prototype to demonstrate the concept. The main advantage of the model is scalability and cost efficiency.

Keywords: electronic healthcare; telehealth; electrocardiograms; ECG; peer-to-peer overlay network; e-health; telemedicine; intrusive monitoring; peer-to-peer networks; P2P networks; health monitoring; pervasive healthcare; scalability; cost efficiency.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2009.024088

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2009 Vol.34 No.4, pp.330 - 334

Published online: 25 Mar 2009 *

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