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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 145803, 14 pages
Research Article

A Cloud-Based X73 Ubiquitous Mobile Healthcare System: Design and Implementation

1Telecommunications Research Centre (TRC), University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
2College of Information, Hebei United University, Tangshan 063009, China
3Research Center for Bioengineering and Sensing Technology, University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100080, China

Received 19 December 2013; Accepted 15 January 2014; Published 10 March 2014

Academic Editors: R. Colomo-Palacios and M. Niedermayer

Copyright © 2014 Zhanlin Ji 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.


Based on the user-centric paradigm for next generation networks, this paper describes a ubiquitous mobile healthcare (uHealth) system based on the ISO/IEEE 11073 personal health data (PHD) standards (X73) and cloud computing techniques. A number of design issues associated with the system implementation are outlined. The system includes a middleware on the user side, providing a plug-and-play environment for heterogeneous wireless sensors and mobile terminals utilizing different communication protocols and a distributed “big data” processing subsystem in the cloud. The design and implementation of this system are envisaged as an efficient solution for the next generation of uHealth systems.