Transmitting Patient Vitals Over a Reliable ZigBee Mesh Network

I just learnt that a paper that I helped co-author (with Reza Filsoof, Alison Bodine, Bob Gill, and Robert Nicholson) paper “Transmitting Patient Vitals Over a Reliable ZigBee Mesh Network” was accepted at 2014 IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC) in Montreal, Canada from June 1-4, 2014. Here is the paper abstract:

Real-time measurements and display of vitals are integral part of patients’ health monitoring with limited resources. Wireless sensor networks that communicate in a mesh acquire and transmit such critical parameters, making a medical environment efficient. With limited resources, both equipment and medical staff, the system must be reliable, and capable of dynamic updating on patient status. System must be able to sustain at least single contingency. We designed a signal conditioning circuit and firmware that converts finger pulse into beats per minute (BPM), which is then displayed on a remote station dynamically via ZigBee. Testing was performed to measure the reliability of transmitting data over a wide range of distances through high traffic areas (both human and Wi-Fi). We show that such systems can provided enhanced reliability in a limited resourced environment and have the potential to be deployed in disaster recovery situations.

Keywords: medical, wireless, heart rate, monitoring

This should be a very good conference to attend.

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