MoteCare: An adaptive smart BAN health monitoring system

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Proceedings of the Fourth IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, 2006, 2006 pp. 60 - 67
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An increasing aged population worldwide promises to test medical capabilities everywhere. A growing number of groups - research and commercial - have taken on this challenge of alleviating a potentially unmanageable situation. They are looking at existing and novel ways to care for the aged; however, it will still be some time before the medical profession will accept such new solutions. In this paper, the authors propose a smart, adaptive remote health monitoring system as a solution. They describe the building of a third implementation of a remote health monitoring prototype using Motes, a PDA, a personal server and a network management application to show that commodity-based hardware can be a viable solution. In addition, they describe their intent to use the prototype in developing a system that can adapt to the patient's condition and situation. Such an adaptive, smart body area network (BAN) system requires a number of issues to be addressed before commencing development; these will also be discussed.
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