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Wearable sensors in healthcare and sensor-enhanced health information systems: all our tomorrows?

  • Wearable sensor systems which allow for remote or self-monitoring of health-related parameters are regarded as one means to alleviate the consequences of demographic change. This paper aims to summarize current research in wearable sensors as well as in sensor-enhanced health information systems. Wearable sensor technologies are already advanced in terms of their technical capabilities and are frequently used for cardio-vascular monitoring. Epidemiologic predictions suggest that neuro-psychiatric diseases will have a growing impact on our health systems and thus should be addressed more intensively. Two current project examples demonstrate the benefit of wearable sensor technologies: long-term, objective measurement under daily-life, unsupervised conditions. Finally, up-to-date approaches for the implementation of sensor-enhanced health information systems are outlined. Wearable sensors are an integral part of future pervasive, ubiquitous and person-centered health care delivery. Future challenges include their integration into sensor-enhanced health information systems and sound evaluation studies involving measures of workload reduction and costs.

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Author:Michael MarschollekGND, Matthias Gietzelt, Mareike SchulzeGND, Martin Kohlmann, Bianying Song, Klaus-Hendrik Wolf
DOI original:https://doi.org/0.4258/hir.2012.18.2.97
Parent Title (English):Healthcare Informatics Research
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2012
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2017/07/27
Tag:Ambulatory Monitoring; Decision Support Systems; Health Information Technology
First Page:97
Last Page:104
Link to catalogue:1751862321
Institutes:Fakult├Ąt III - Medien, Information und Design
DDC classes:610 Medizin, Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 3.0