Title: Wireless-Sensor-Networks-based healthcare system: a survey on the view of communication paradigms

Authors: Hongwei Huo, Youzhi Xu, Hongke Zhang, Yu Hsiu Chuang, Tzong-Chen Wu

Addresses: School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, No. 3 Shang Yuan Cun, Hai Dian District, 100044, Beijing, China; China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC), 100045, Beijing, China. ' School of Engineering, Jonkoping University, Campus, Gjuterigatan 5, Jonkoping SE 551 11, Sweden. ' School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, No. 3 Shang Yuan Cun, Hai Dian District, Beijing 100044, China. ' Graduate Institute of Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec.4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 10636, Taiwan. ' Department of Information Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec.4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 10636, Taiwan

Abstract: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)-based technology has invaded the Medicine and Healthcare scopes. The potential to replace wired iatrical equipments with wireless ones in the hospital will change the whole healthcare system out of question. The objective of this paper is to survey the research on the WSN-based healthcare systems to enhance further understanding of this technology for users or engineers. In this paper, we outline the structure of the WSN-based healthcare system, analyse the design space, summarise and compare the states of some well-documented applications and discuss the key research points of these systems.

Keywords: pervasive computing; healthcare technology; WSNs; wireless sensor networks; wireless networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAHUC.2011.042348

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, 2011 Vol.8 No.3, pp.135 - 154

Received: 17 Oct 2009
Accepted: 26 Apr 2010

Published online: 05 Sep 2011 *

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