Title: A wireless approach for personal healthcare on everyday mobile devices

Authors: Helen Zhou; Tim Roberts

Addresses: School of Electrical Engineering, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand. ' School of Electrical Engineering, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Abstract: This paper presents a wireless approach to remotely monitor physiological signs for mobile users through wireless and mobile networks. A microcontroller-based personal health monitoring unit has been prototyped as a platform for medical sensors and positioning sensors. The unit has been Bluetooth enabled and can pair up with a Bluetooth mobile phone for local health monitoring. Moreover, the mobile phone has been developed as a gateway to further relay these health datasets to a remote database via mobile networks for remote diagnoses. Any medical instructions can be sent back instantly to the mobile users. The use of standard development tools makes it possible for patients to easily use everyday mobile devices for their personal health monitoring and assessment anytime anywhere.

Keywords: personal area networks; PANs; remote healthcare monitoring; microcontrollers; physiological signs; mobile networks; wireless networks; personal health monitoring; healthcare technology; electronic healthcare; e-healthcare; medical sensors; positioning sensors; Bluetooth mobile phones; cell phones; remote diagnosis; mobile users; mobile communications; mobile devices.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISTA.2011.045502

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, 2011 Vol.10 No.4, pp.331 - 341

Available online: 17 Feb 2012 *

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