Remote physiological monitoring

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Remote monitoring of people is now a possibility due to remote wireless technology and miniaturization. Also the advent of smart fabrics in recent years has allowed people to stay attached to monitoring devices without the issues of discomfort, large bulky technology or skin break down associated with sticky patches.

Data analysis[edit]

Technological advances in electronics, smart fabrics and wireless communications have led to increasing developments in remote physiological sensing hardware. These sensor platforms all measure raw physiological signal data from the body, however, for this to be of value it is necessary to convert these waveforms into meaningful and contextual information. Several of these devices provide real-time, on-board derivations of basic parameters such as heart rate and respiration rate. However, a wealth of additional, more detailed information is possible when measuring multiple, time synchronized data channels during non-laboratory, daily living conditions.

The research community is using these sensors to develop new applications that further advance the uses of the technology. Specialized offline software analysis platforms that aid the visualization, management and analysis of multiple, synchronized data channels are available to assist researchers with the development of new applications. These software platforms have tools specifically designed for the exploration of remotely acquired data sets and include features such as artifact management tools and derivations of a wide variety of meaningful endpoints that can be applied over multiple research contexts. The use of these sensors in applications such as disease management and performance monitoring is nascent but there is a still a strong need for more sophisticated endpoints and meaningful algorithms that extend well beyond basic heart and respiration rate monitoring.

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The references listed may be for material that has been removed from the article. (May 2013)


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