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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1287507, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1287507
Research Article

Toward a Nationwide Mobile-Based Public Healthcare Service System with Wireless Sensor Networks

1Department of Business Administration, National Central University, No. 300, Zhongda Road, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan
2TSL School of Business and Information Technology, Quanzhou Normal University, Quanzhou 362000, China
3Institute of Clinical Medicine and School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 11221, Taiwan

Received 26 February 2016; Accepted 19 April 2016

Academic Editor: Miltiadis D. Lytras

Copyright © 2016 Chien-wen Shen 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

This paper describes the development of a nationwide public healthcare service system with the integration of cloud technology, wireless sensor networks, and mobile technology to provide citizens with convenient and professional healthcare services. The basic framework of the system includes the architectures for the user end of wireless physiological examinations, for the regional healthcare cloud, and for national public healthcare service system. Citizens with chronic conditions or elderly people who are living alone can use the wireless physiological sensing devices to keep track of their health conditions and get warning if the system detects abnormal signals. Through mobile devices, citizens are able to get real-time health advice, prompt warning, health information, feedback, personalized support, and intervention ubiquitously. With the long-term tracking data for physiological sensing, reliable prediction models for epidemic diseases and chronic diseases can be developed for the government to respond to and control diseases immediately. Besides, such a nationwide approach enables government to have a holistic understanding of the public health information in real time, which is helpful to establish effective policies or strategies to prevent epidemic diseases or chronic diseases.