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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5747961, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5747961
Research Article

Tablet PC Enabled Body Sensor System for Rural Telehealth Applications

Department of ECE, College of Engineering, Trivandrum 695016, India

Received 3 October 2015; Revised 19 December 2015; Accepted 22 December 2015

Academic Editor: Fei Hu

Copyright © 2016 Nitha V. Panicker and A. Sukesh Kumar. 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

Telehealth systems benefit from the rapid growth of mobile communication technology for measuring physiological signals. Development and validation of a tablet PC enabled noninvasive body sensor system for rural telehealth application are discussed in this paper. This system includes real time continuous collection of physiological parameters (blood pressure, pulse rate, and temperature) and fall detection of a patient with the help of a body sensor unit and wireless transmission of the acquired information to a tablet PC handled by the medical staff in a Primary Health Center (PHC). Abnormal conditions are automatically identified and alert messages are given to the medical officer in real time. Clinical validation is performed in a real environment and found to be successful. Bland-Altman analysis is carried out to validate the wrist blood pressure sensor used. The system works well for all measurements.