Continuous, real-time, tele-monitoring of patients with chronic heart-failure

Daniel Aranki, Gregorij Kurillo, Posu Yan, David M. Liebovitz, Ruzena Bajcsy

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We present a smartphone-based system for remote realtime tele-monitoring of physical activity in patients with chronic heart-failure (CHF). We recently completed a pilot study with 15 subjects to evaluate the feasibility of the proposed monitoring in the real world and examine its requirements, privacy implications, usability, and other challenges encountered by the participants and healthcare providers. Our tele-monitoring system was designed to asses patient activity via minute-by-minute energy expenditure (EE) estimated from accelerometry. In addition, we tracked relative user location via global positioning system (GPS) to track outdoors activity and measure walking distance. The system also administered daily-surveys to inquire about vital signs and general cardiovascular symptoms. The collected data were securely transmitted to a central server where they were analyzed in real time and were accessible to the study medical staff to assess patients' health status and provide medical intervention if needed. Although the system was designed for tele-monitoring individuals with CHF, the challenges, privacy considerations, and lessons learned from this pilot study apply to other chronic health conditions that would benefit from continuous monitoring through mobile-health (mHealth) technologies, such as diabetes and hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBODYNETS 2014 - 9th International Conference on Body Area Networks
EditorsGiancarlo Fortino, Junichi Suzuki, Yiannis Andreopoulos, Mehmet Yuce, Yang Hao, Raffaele Gravina
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781631900471
StatePublished - Nov 21 2014
Event9th International Conference on Body Area Networks, BODYNETS 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 29 2014Oct 1 2014

Publication series

NameBODYNETS 2014 - 9th International Conference on Body Area Networks


Other9th International Conference on Body Area Networks, BODYNETS 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


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