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Service agreements and facilities for M-health vital sign monitoring

Puming, Liu (2006) Service agreements and facilities for M-health vital sign monitoring.

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Abstract:Ubiquity of wireless access to the Internet and the advancements of mobile devices enable mobile healthcare (M-Health). This is for instance shown by the EU and national projects MobiHealth, HealthServices24 and Freeband/AWARENESS. These projects develop and improve a sensor based healthcare monitoring and treatment system for several care programs (e.g. 24h cardiac monitoring and supervised COPD outdoor training). This thesis focuses on the data transfer facilities for flexible vital sign monitoring, including the necessary agreements on the involved service subscription and use between the involved stakeholders of an M-Health monitoring system, like the patients, the care centers and the service providers of the supporting network services. UML class diagram models are defined to capture the services. The notion of Service Level Agreement is used to specify the mentioned relationships. The model enables the mapping of the vital sign quality parameters to network service capacity needs that are able to transfer of the vital signs. One of the issues in the design of the UML class diagram is how to model the required facilitates for mobile tele-monitoring of patient's vital signs in a flexible way. On one hand, needs of vital sign monitoring depend on the care programs, the recovery or the exacerbation of the disease, and the preferences of the care professionals. On the other hand, vital sign monitoring depends on the capability and the capacity of the supporting network infrastructure. This thesis addresses the development of an UML class diagram which accommodates the care program needs in alignment with the network capacities. The other issue is that the model should be suitable for cases in which patients are enrolled in several care programs of a health care center and enable aggregated vital sign acquisition for the enrolled care programs.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Internet Science and Technology MSc (60032)
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