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  Title Medical sensors for patients tele-monitoring applications
  Group Wire Communications Laboratory, ICE-HT
  Researcher prof. E. Dermatas
  Abstract The research group of WCL has designed and developed two medical sensors that through their integration in a telemedicine system can monitor a number of human body parameters. These are of vital importance for large sensitive parts of the population. These are usually patients with a stable medical condition allowing a near normal life that may suddenly deteriorate and put them at risk. The complete system can provide healthcare enterprises with the potential to offer remote monitoring services to post-surgery patients and to patients with chronic diseases.
  Description Both sensors, integrated with an ECG and a pulse oximeter, are programmed according to the different parameters monitored and transmit the values only at the established time intervals and in case of an alarm. The first one receives the electric signals from the heart through three electrodes that are placed in such a way that any possible inconvenience caused by the device is minimised for the patient. Similarly the second sensor can measure the oxygen transfer ability of haemoglobin and is easily placed around one of the patient’s fingers. The system aims to provide a modular and ambulatory secure telemedicine platform for continuous monitoring of vital parameters, affording timely intervention to avert clinical emergencies. Furthermore it allows the integration of medical sensor technologies with existing and emerging wireless communication technologies for indoor (RFID 125kHz) - from the sensor towards the mobile phone - and outdoor (GPRS-WAP) applications, with UMTS technology to be considered in the near future. Health organisations (Hospitals, Medical Centres, Home Care Providers, Clinics) by using these vital physiological parameters derived from the numeric data of the medical sensors and by combining them with the patient’s medical history, can diagnose, advise and treat their patients.

Both sensors feature continuous operation, automatic and continuous adjustment of their sensitivity, extended lifetime while the ECG sensor can detect 12 different types of cardiac arrhythmia. The same sensor is combined with an original method for the measurement of the oxygen content of haemoglobin.
  Current development phase The technology offered is already laboratory tested and available for demonstration
  Intellectual property rights: Secret know-how
  Type of collaboration sought Technical Co-operation