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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 380787, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/380787
Research Article

A Wireless Emergency Telemedicine System for Patients Monitoring and Diagnosis

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Assiut University, Egypt

Received 25 October 2013; Accepted 25 January 2014; Published 6 May 2014

Academic Editor: Sotiris A. Pavlopoulos

Copyright © 2014 M. Abo-Zahhad 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

Recently, remote healthcare systems have received increasing attention in the last decade, explaining why intelligent systems with physiology signal monitoring for e-health care are an emerging area of development. Therefore, this study adopts a system which includes continuous collection and evaluation of multiple vital signs, long-term healthcare, and a cellular connection to a medical center in emergency case and it transfers all acquired raw data by the internet in normal case. The proposed system can continuously acquire four different physiological signs, for example, ECG, SpO2, temperature, and blood pressure and further relayed them to an intelligent data analysis scheme to diagnose abnormal pulses for exploring potential chronic diseases. The proposed system also has a friendly web-based interface for medical staff to observe immediate pulse signals for remote treatment. Once abnormal event happened or the request to real-time display vital signs is confirmed, all physiological signs will be immediately transmitted to remote medical server through both cellular networks and internet. Also data can be transmitted to a family member’s mobile phone or doctor’s phone through GPRS. A prototype of such system has been successfully developed and implemented, which will offer high standard of healthcare with a major reduction in cost for our society.