An outdoor intelligent healthcare monitoring device for the elderly

Liang Hung Wang, Yi Mao Hsiao, Xue Qin Xie, Shuenn Yuh Lee

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The current paper presents an outdoor monitoring system for elderly people, which can transmit information on physiological signals and falling events to a healthcare center at any time and from any place. To detect simultaneously the occurrence of any falling event, as well as the relative electrocardiogram (ECG) signal of the user, a multi-thread method is proposed with the objective of enhancing the response time and the accuracy of detection. A healthcare box is used to determine the relative position of the patient through a global positioning system for fall detection; moreover, an ECG signal acquisition thread is adopted to increase the precision of the fall detection system. Integrating a precise map into the monitoring system facilitates understanding of a client user of the correct location and surrounding environment using the portable display. According to experimental results based on 4,000 samples, successful detection time with the multi-thread method was reduced by 38%, thereby increasing rescue opportunities for elderly patients who are at risk1.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7514671
Pages (from-to)128-135
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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