Wearable sensor networks for measuring face-to-face contact patterns in healthcare settings

Alain Barrat, Ciro Cattuto, Vittoria Colizza, Lorenzo Isella, Caterina Rizzo, Alberto E. Tozzi, Wouter Van Den Broeck

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Abstract

We describe the experimental deployment of a network of wearable sensors that allows the tracking of the location and mutual proximity of individuals in a hospital ward, in real time and at a large scale. In the course of the deployment, all individuals accessing the premises were monitored for a period of one week, including health care personnel, patients, visitors and tutors. The data collected yields a rich dynamical picture of the contact patterns between individuals and between categories of individuals. As an example, here we show that by constructing a cumulative weighted contact network aggregating the dynamical data on the entire duration of the deployment, it is possible to reliably uncover persistent relations among individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Pages192-195
Number of pages4
Volume69 LNICST
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event3rd International ICST Conference on Electronic Healthcare, eHealth 2010, Co-located with the 5th International Workshop on Personalization for eHealth, Pers4eHealth2010, and the 6th Workshop on Agents Applied in Healthcare, A2HC2010 - Casablanca, Morocco
Duration: Dec 13 2010Dec 15 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume69 LNICST
ISSN (Print)18678211

Other

Other3rd International ICST Conference on Electronic Healthcare, eHealth 2010, Co-located with the 5th International Workshop on Personalization for eHealth, Pers4eHealth2010, and the 6th Workshop on Agents Applied in Healthcare, A2HC2010
CountryMorocco
CityCasablanca
Period12/13/1012/15/10

Keywords

  • infectious diseases
  • mixing patterns
  • RFID
  • wearable sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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