Realisation of ubiquity in body area networks for healthcare systems

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Thesis
Issue Date:
2017
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The world today is facing many health-related problems. Obesity-related health issues, often attributed to unhealthy lifestyle, represent one of the most serious global problems of the 21st century. Despite significant progress in the field of medicine, the level of chronic diseases is still on the rise. These health issues are further exacerbated by a growing pressure on the healthcare system caused by a rapid growth of an aging population and a falling number of people of workforce age. Physical and mental health is of prime importance to every individual and to society as a whole. There is a growing interest in new ways to support and maintain an overstressed healthcare system, and there is an expectation for solutions that come from the areas of science and technology. One of the main ideas offered is to move some of the traditional functions of clinicians, health centers and hospitals into the patient's home environment. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data domains are rapidly evolving. From the initial concepts of connecting things to the Internet for monitoring, control and collecting data, the technology extends into Big Data analytics in a ubiquitous and pervasive computing environment. The number of healthcare applications is becoming a core part of the IoT world, with all its benefits and challenges. This research focuses on IoT solutions related to personal health monitoring and health-aware mobile devices, seen as an integrated system. The application of ubiquitous communication for plug-and-play, IP protocols, for interoperable low-power sensor networks are investigated together with research into effective resource management into Body Area Networks. The aim is to contribute to an area of health technology that can be available "everywhere, anytime and to anyone".
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