Title: Design and implementation of a ubiquitous health monitoring system

Authors: Akira Yamazaki, Akio Koyama, Junpei Arai, Leonard Barolli

Addresses: Department of Informatics, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University, 4-3-16 Jonan, Yonezawa 992-8510, Japan. ' Department of Informatics, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University, 4-3-16 Jonan, Yonezawa 992-8510, Japan. ' Department of Information and Control Engineering, Yamagata College of Industry and Technology, 2-2-1 Matsuei, Yamagata 990-2473, Japan. ' Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, 3-30-1 Wajiro-Higashi, Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka 811-0295, Japan

Abstract: In recent years, because of the decline in birth-rate and the growth in the population of elderly people, the lack of doctors and the increase of the medical cost is becoming a big problem. One of solutions for this problem is to prevent the humans from contracting diseases in order to reduce the medical cost (e.g., by using the hospital as few times as possible). In this research, we have developed a wearable vital sensor which can be used anywhere without disrupting the everyday life of the patient. Furthermore, we have implemented a ubiquitous health monitoring system, which can confirm and share the sensor information received from a cellular phone attached to the wearable vital sensor immediately through the browser. This system can also send an emergency report based on sensor information to the family and the doctor. In addition, we verified the system|s effectiveness by evaluating the implemented system.

Keywords: ubiquitous health monitoring; sensor networks; cell phones; mobile phones; wearable sensors; healthcare technology; remote medical systems; remote monitoring; in-patient support systems; patient vital signs; web-based inspection; real-time inspection; temperature sensors; pulse sensors; waist sensors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWGS.2009.030263

International Journal of Web and Grid Services, 2009 Vol.5 No.4, pp.339 - 355

Available online: 13 Dec 2009 *

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