Body area networks for continuous monitoring of critical parameters

Introduction

Researchers at the Tyndall National Institute are developing a system comprising a portfolio of clinically relevant and reliable Body Area Network (BAN) components, that link together using appropriate embedded firmware to form a user friendly, cost effective and scalable patient monitoring solution. This platform will be used to validate next generation sensors developed by various commercial partners. These will leverage off commercial off the shelf (COTS) sensors where appropriate, and new prototype sensors will also be integrated where necessary.

Current Status

The BAN technology platform developed will not only be used to sense and monitor parameters such as ECG, blood pressure, position and movement patterns. These data will be fused and applied to monitoring of biomechanics, cardiology, and rehabilitation. For example, this could be used to monitor risk factors associated with strokes, but could also be used in a post stroke context as part of a rehabilition regime using motion monitoring sensors and data fusion algorithms.

 

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Dr Paul Galvin : Paul.Galvin@tyndall.ie

 

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Future Plans

The personal area network will be also based on implementations of Tyndall technology being used in a “SMART HOME” deployment, looking at physical sensor streams such as light temperature, humidity as well as leveraging of available smart metering technologies developed, looking at energy consumption and appliance activity detection. These allow extrapolation of the movements and activities of patients in the home and care environment.

Funding

Initial research has been enabled through the SFI funded CLARITY centre (http://www.clarity-centre.org) and as a strategic research project within the Connected Health Programme through internal Tyndall funding.

 

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