Title: Using wireless technologies in healthcare

Authors: Upkar Varshney

Addresses: Department of Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4015, USA

Abstract: With an increasingly mobile society and the worldwide deployment of mobile and wireless networks, wireless infrastructure can support many current and emerging healthcare applications. However, before wireless infrastructure can be used in a wide scale, there are several challenges that must be overcome. These include how to best utilise the capabilities of diverse wireless technologies and how to effectively manage the complexity of wireless and mobile networks in healthcare applications. In this paper, we discuss how wireless technologies can be applied in the healthcare environment. Additionally, some open issues and challenges are also discussed.

Keywords: mobile wireless networks; location management; intelligent emergency system; patient monitoring; telemedicine; healthcare; ad hoc wireless networks; mobile communications.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2006.008946

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2006 Vol.4 No.3, pp.354 - 368

Published online: 06 Feb 2006 *

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