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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2010, Article ID 137201, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/137201
Research Article

e-SCP- Protocol: An Expansion on SCP-ECG Protocol for Health Telemonitoring—Pilot Implementation

1Wire Communication Laboratory, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, University of Patras, Rion GR-26504, Greece
2Cardiology Department, General Hospital of Aegion, Aegion GR-25100, Greece

Received 30 October 2009; Accepted 23 March 2010

Academic Editor: George Anastasopoulos

Copyright © 2010 George J. Mandellos 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

Standard Communication Protocol for Computer-assisted Electrocardiography (SCP-ECG) provides standardized communication among different ECG devices and medical information systems. This paper extends the use of this protocol in order to be included in health monitoring systems. It introduces new sections into SCP-ECG structure for transferring data for positioning, allergies, and five additional biosignals: noninvasive blood pressure (NiBP), body temperature (Temp), Carbon dioxide ( ), blood oxygen saturation ( ), and pulse rate. It also introduces new tags in existing sections for transferring comprehensive demographic data. The proposed enhanced version is referred to as e-SCP- protocol. This paper also considers the pilot implementation of the new protocol as a software component in a Health Telemonitoring System.