Contemporary advances in information, communication and human-computer interaction technologies are prompting the redesign of healthcare provision. A number of disease management strategies, especially those targeting chronic conditions, could benefit from the application of wearable computing facilities and mobile data access. Prime examples of this are programmes supporting home hospitalisation, early discharge or prevention of exacerbations in patients with chronic diseases. HealthWear is a European project aimed at evaluating health-monitoring services based on wearable garments consisting of special textiles with knitted sensory devices. The garments allow patients to continue with their everyday activities whilst providing remote and ubiquitous monitoring of physiological parameters such as heart rate, oxygen saturation, temperature and breathing rate. Devices collect the data and transmit it to a central processing centre using wireless telecommunications. The service is designed to be used for three main clinical scenarios: rehabilitation of patients following an acute event, e.g. a heart attack, early discharge of chronic disease patients, e.g. those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and promotion of physical activity in ambulatory stable cardio-respiratory patients. In this paper we elaborate on the technical aspects of the service describing the technologies used and the system architecture. We also briefly discuss the commercial aspects of the service.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal on Information Technology in Healthcare|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management