Patient-centric Handling of Diverse Signals in the mHealth Environment

Jan Sliwa


In the context of the Mobile Health (or Telemedicine) many signals (data items) are exchanged between the medical devices, data storage units and involved persons. They are often treated as a uniform mass of “medical data”, especially in the Big Data community. At a closer look, they unveil various characteristics, like type (single / continuous), required quality and tolerance for missing values. As in medical care time is crucial, realtime characteristics are important, like the sampling rate and the overall reaction time of the emergency system. The handling of data depends also on the severity of the medical case. Data are transferred and processed by external systems, therefore the overall function depends on the environment and the persons involved: from the user/patient to a dedicated medical emergency team. The collected data can be anonymously reused to gain or verify knowledge, what calls for a fair trade-off between the interests of the individual patient and the community. This paper discusses the semantics of mHealth data, like medical requirements, physical constraints and human aspects. This analysis leads to a more precise mathematical definition of the required data handling that helps to construct mHealth systems that better fulfill the health support function.


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Paper Citation

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Sliwa J. (2017). Patient-centric Handling of Diverse Signals in the mHealth Environment . In Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: SmartMedDev, (BIOSTEC 2017) ISBN 978-989-758-213-4, pages 561-568. DOI: 10.5220/0006298505610568

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author={Jan Sliwa},
title={Patient-centric Handling of Diverse Signals in the mHealth Environment},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: SmartMedDev, (BIOSTEC 2017)},

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JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: SmartMedDev, (BIOSTEC 2017)
TI - Patient-centric Handling of Diverse Signals in the mHealth Environment
SN - 978-989-758-213-4
AU - Sliwa J.
PY - 2017
SP - 561
EP - 568
DO - 10.5220/0006298505610568