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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2008, Article ID 459185, 19 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/459185
Research Article

Ubiquitous Computing for Remote Cardiac Patient Monitoring: A Survey

1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
2Computational Science Research Center, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
3Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
4Department of Computer Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
5Department of Computer Science, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA

Received 11 February 2008; Accepted 22 April 2008

Academic Editor: Sajid Hussain

Copyright © 2008 Sunil Kumar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

New wireless technologies, such as wireless LAN and sensor networks, for telecardiology purposes give new possibilities for monitoring vital parameters with wearable biomedical sensors, and give patients the freedom to be mobile and still be under continuous monitoring and thereby better quality of patient care. This paper will detail the architecture and quality-of-service (QoS) characteristics in integrated wireless telecardiology platforms. It will also discuss the current promising hardware/software platforms for wireless cardiac monitoring. The design methodology and challenges are provided for realistic implementation.