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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 859232, 7 pages
Research Article

Mobile Messaging Services-Based Personal Electrocardiogram Monitoring System

School of Electrical Engineering, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman 11941, Jordan

Received 20 February 2009; Accepted 14 June 2009

Academic Editor: Fei Hu

Copyright © 2009 Ashraf A. Tahat. 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.


A mobile monitoring system utilizing Bluetooth and mobile messaging services (MMS/SMSs) with low-cost hardware equipment is proposed. A proof of concept prototype has been developed and implemented to enable transmission of an Electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and body temperature of a patient, which can be expanded to include other vital signs. Communication between a mobile smart-phone and the ECG and temperature acquisition apparatus is implemented using the popular personal area network standard specification Bluetooth. When utilizing MMS for transmission, the mobile phone plots the received ECG signal and displays the temperature using special application software running on the client mobile phone itself, where the plot can be captured and saved as an image before transmission. Alternatively, SMS can be selected as a transmission means, where in this scenario, dedicated application software is required at the receiving device. The experimental setup can be operated for monitoring from anywhere in the globe covered by a cellular network that offers data services.