Assistive Health Care Monitoring Framework using Active Database Approach

International Association for Development of the Information Society
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Conference Proceeding
IADIS International Conference e-Health 2009, 2009, pp. 19 - 26
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Recent advances in information and communication technologies and wireless sensor networks present opportunities to develop effective assistive health care services that have the potential for reducing the cost of the overall healthcare systems. This paper proposes a health-monitoring architecture that possesses a configurable front end for handling different types of sensors and data conditions, that responds quickly and intelligently to the patient's conditions and that permits reliable notifications and dynamic interactions among carers and patients. The paper focuees on the design of this assistive health care monitoring architecture with wireless sensors and wireless networks. The active database technology approach is deployed to introduce the active mechanism to closely monitor the changes of the health data in the database and detect any important health events of interest. Upon event occurrences, alerts and notifications are communicated to the relevant users through a set of proposed interaction protocols. Part of the framework has been implemented in the Active Maternity Care application.
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