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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 373474, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/373474
Research Article

A Real-Time Health Monitoring System for Remote Cardiac Patients Using Smartphone and Wearable Sensors

1School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Phaholyothin Highway, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
2International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Phaholyothin Highway, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand

Received 10 August 2015; Revised 11 November 2015; Accepted 12 November 2015

Academic Editor: Fei Hu

Copyright © 2015 Priyanka Kakria 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

Online telemedicine systems are useful due to the possibility of timely and efficient healthcare services. These systems are based on advanced wireless and wearable sensor technologies. The rapid growth in technology has remarkably enhanced the scope of remote health monitoring systems. In this paper, a real-time heart monitoring system is developed considering the cost, ease of application, accuracy, and data security. The system is conceptualized to provide an interface between the doctor and the patients for two-way communication. The main purpose of this study is to facilitate the remote cardiac patients in getting latest healthcare services which might not be possible otherwise due to low doctor-to-patient ratio. The developed monitoring system is then evaluated for 40 individuals (aged between 18 and 66 years) using wearable sensors while holding an Android device (i.e., smartphone under supervision of the experts). The performance analysis shows that the proposed system is reliable and helpful due to high speed. The analyses showed that the proposed system is convenient and reliable and ensures data security at low cost. In addition, the developed system is equipped to generate warning messages to the doctor and patient under critical circumstances.