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Opportunistic Medical Monitoring Using Bluetooth P2P Networks


Remote medical monitoring using body sensors and wireless communications has been gaining attention recently because of the potential savings in patient care and the equally impressive enhancements of quality of care for mobile individuals. What makes remote medical monitoring feasible are the advances in the body sensor technology (non-intrusive sensors embedded in actuators to monitor vital signs); and in wireless technology (Body LAN, cellular andWireless LAN). Currently, most medical vests and body LANs connect to the Internet in a point-topoint fashion, via the cellular system (say SMS). With the growing popularity of ubiquitous computing and opportunistic P2P personal networks, it makes sense to explore beyond the point to point health care paradigm and study new models for remote patient care that exploit P2P networking among patients and care providers (nurses, doctors, emergency personnel). In this paper we identify several medical care applications based on P2P Health Networking. We then focus on two specific scenarios with nurses and patients both equipped with Bluetooth devices: a field hospital where nurses opportunistically collect, share and upload in P2P fashion patient medical records during bedside visits, and a field trip situation with patients supervised by nurses, where a patient emergency is promptly reported to the nearest nurse using enhanced inquiry response Bluetooth techniques. Simulation and testbed experiments show that Bluetooth P2P networking is both feasible and cost-effective in remote medical monitoring.

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To appear IEEE Autonomic and Opportunistic Communications (AOC), Newport Beach CA, June. 2008


Dae-Ki Cho
SeungHoon Lee
Alexander Chang
Tammara Massey
Chia-Wei Chang
Min-Hsieh Tsai
Majid Sarrafzadeh
Mario Gerla