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Design and implementation of a bluetooth-based band-aid pulse rate sensor
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Paper Abstract

Remote patient monitoring systems capable of collecting vital patient data such as blood pressure readings, Electrocardiograph (ECG) waveforms, and heart rate can obviate the need for repeated visits to the hospital. Moreover, such systems that continuously monitor the human physiology can provide valuable data to prognosticate the onset of critical health problems. The key to such remote health diagnostics is the design of minimally intrusive, low cost sensors that do not impede a patient's quotidian life but at the same time collect reliable noise free data. To this end, in this paper, we design and implement a Bluetooth-based wireless sensor system with a disposable sensor element and a reusable wireless component that can be worn as a "band-aid". The sensor is a piezoelectric polymer film placed on the wrist in proximity to the radial artery. The band-aid sized sensor allows non-intrusive monitoring of the pulsatile flow of blood in the artery. The sensor, using the Bluetooth module, can communicate with any Bluetooth enabled computer, mobile phone, or PDA. The data collected from the patient can be remotely viewed and analyzed by a physician.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7980, Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2011, 79800P (13 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879185
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Prashanth S. Kumar, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Sechang Oh, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Pratyush Rai, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Hyeokjun Kwon, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Nilanjan Banerjee, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Pennsylvania State Univ. Hershey Medical Ctr. (United States)
Global Institute of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7980:
Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2011
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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