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SMART: Mobile Patient Monitoring in an

Esteban Pino, Dorothy Curtis, Thomas Stair and Lucila Ohno-Machado
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Esteban Pino: Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Dorothy Curtis: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Thomas Stair: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA
Lucila Ohno-Machado: University of California San Diego, USA

International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI), 2009, vol. 1, issue 4, 1-16

Abstract: Patient monitoring is important in many contexts: at mass-casualty disaster sites, in improvised emergency wards, and in emergency room waiting areas. Given the positive history of use of monitoring systems in the hospital during surgery, in the recovery room, or in an intensive care unit, the authors sought to use recent technological advances to enable patient monitoring in more diverse circumstances: at home, while traveling, and in some less well-monitored areas of a hospital. This paper presents the authors’ experiences designing, implementing and deploying a wireless disaster management system prototype in a real hospital environment. In addition to a review of related systems, the sensors, algorithms and infrastructure used in our implementation are presented. Finally, general guidelines for ubiquitous methodologies and tools are shared based on the lessons learned from the actual implementation.

Date: 2009
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