Title: e-Herophilus: 24-hour personalised telecardiology services

Authors: Anastasia N. Kastania, Georgios Loudos, Nicholas P. Sgouros, Ioannis Constantinou, Maria Vavatsioula, Harisios Boudoulas, Sophia Kossida

Addresses: Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, 4 Soranou Efesiou, 11527 Athens, Greece. ' Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, 4 Soranou Efesiou, 11527 Athens, Greece. ' Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, 4 Soranou Efesiou, 11527 Athens, Greece. ' Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, 4 Soranou Efesiou, 11527 Athens, Greece. ' Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, 4 Soranou Efesiou, 11527 Athens, Greece. ' Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, 4 Soranou Efesiou, 11527 Athens, Greece. ' Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, 4 Soranou Efesiou, 11527 Athens, Greece

Abstract: Telecardiology is the use of telemedicine for remote cardiological monitoring and healing. The international shift from traditional healthcare to electronic healthcare and the various telecardiology solutions available worldwide motivated our efforts to design and develop the e-Herophilus platform implementing a strategy to improve the quality and reliability of telecardiology in Greece. Our primary goal was to develop a national standard to consider the needs of rural, urban and telehomecare cardiological services provision ranging from children to adults and the elderly. We describe herein the strategy adopted to achieve this goal. The design and implementation of the e-Herophilus telecardiology platform has taken into account the World Health Organization recommendations for e-health. Its innovation is the personalised, 24-hour monitoring of 12-lead ECG both in wired and wireless networks. Further, we discuss different personalised approaches in the e-Herophilus platform from its initial implementation to the final clinical practice. We conclude with recommendations regarding the use of the e-Herophilus platform.

Keywords: telecardiology; personalisation; automated diagnosis; telemedicine; remote monitoring; cardiology; patient monitoring; electronic healthcare; e-healthcare; healthcare technology; Greece; personalised medicine; heart diseases; cardiovascular problems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEH.2010.036206

International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 2010 Vol.5 No.4, pp.340 - 354

Available online: 29 Oct 2010 *

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