The population is aging at an unprecedented rate around the world and the majority of the aging population suffers from chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and cancers in addition falls are major cause of mortality with elderly patient
Remote patient monitoring offers improved care to patients with chronic and/or acute illnesses in their place of residence without the need for frequent visits to the hospital, thus reducing the medical cost as well as improving the quality of life for the patients. A remote patient monitoring system architectural design is proposed that is cost effective, robust and scalable so that components can be added as plug-and-play modules.
The proposed architecture was extended to include an adaptive information content management method and buffering scheme to reduce the loss of patient data and improve survivability of the monitoring system under adverse network conditions like network congestion and/or temporary loss of network connectivity.
A remote patient monitoring system to monitor bed occupancy using a pressure sensitive mat was implemented and a trial was conducted to verify its application in the field. A usability study was done to evaluate the user response to a graphical user interface (GUI) prototype for the bed occupancy remote patient monitoring system. Using the feedback from this usability study, the functional GUI was implemented. The application of an adaptive information content management method for the bed occupancy monitoring system was demonstrated and the improvement in the survivability of the system was evaluated.