A Self-Managing Framework for Health Monitoring

Baxi, Amit; Kodalapura, Nagaraju
November 2006
Intel Technology Journal;Nov2006, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p313
Academic Journal
Existing medical devices and equipment monitor abnormal physiological conditions and trigger audiovisual alarms. However, these devices require high levels of interaction by a doctor since they do not have any self-managing capabilities to reduce user intervention or to autonomically handle alerts. Recent advances in low-power wireless communication technologies have led to the development of small form-factor, wireless, body-wearable biomedical devices for health monitoring [1]. This enables patient mobility and comfort and enables continuity of care from hospital to home. In this paper we propose a self-managing framework for health monitoring using body-wearable bio-devices [2] that can reduce the doctor's intervention for patient management. This will enable doctors to effectively manage a greater number of patients and reduce the number of errors inherent in paper-based processes. We illustrate three usage models where this self-managing framework can be applied: remotely monitoring patients at home, monitoring fetal well-being in a maternity ward, and monitoring critical patients in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).


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