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December, 2014


First-in-Human Testing of a Wirelessly Controlled Drug Delivery Microchip

Farra R et al, Science Translational Medicine, 2012

The first clinical trial of an implantable microchip-based drug delivery device is discussed. Human parathyroid hormone fragment [hPTH(1-34)] was delivered from the device in vivo. hPTH(1-34) is the only approved anabolic osteoporosis treatment, but requires daily injections, making patient compliance an obstacle to effective treatment. Furthermore, a net increase in bone mineral density requires intermittent or pulsatile hPTH(1-34) delivery, a challenge for implantable drug delivery products. The microchip-based devices, containing discrete doses of lyophilized hPTH(1-34), were implanted in 8 osteoporotic postmenopausal women for 4 months and wirelessly programmed to release doses from the device once daily for up to 20 days.
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17 February 2012 | No Comments »
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Wireless Technology in Disease Management and Medicine

Clifford GD, Clifton D. Annual Review of Medicine, 2011

Healthcare information, and to some extent patient management, is progressing toward a wireless digital future. This change is driven partly by a desire to improve the current state of medicine using new technologies, partly by supply-and-demand economics, and partly by the utility of wireless devices. Wired technology can be cumbersome for patient monitoring and can restrict the behavior of the monitored patients, introducing bias or artifacts.
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14 November 2011 | No Comments »
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Design and evaluation of a wireless electronic health records system for field care in mass casualty settings

Lenert LA et al, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2011

There is growing interest in the use of technology to enhance the tracking and quality of clinical information available for patients in disaster settings. This paper describes the design and evaluation of the Wireless Internet Information System for Medical Response in Disasters (WIISARD).
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10 July 2011 | No Comments »
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Implementation of an iPhone for characterizing Parkinson’s disease tremor through a wireless accelerometer application

Lemoyne R et al, Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 2010

Parkinson’s disease represents a chronic movement disorder, which is generally proportionally to age. The status of Parkinson’s disease is traditionally classified through ordinal scale strategies, such as the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale. However, the application of the ordinal scale strategy inherently requires highly specialized and limited medical resources for interpretation. An alternative strategy involves the implementation of an iPhone application that enables the device to serve as a functional wireless accelerometer system.
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7 February 2011 | No Comments »
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Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) Design Techniques and Performance Evaluation

Khan JY et al, Journal of Medical Systems, 2010

In recent years interest in the application of Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) for patient monitoring applications has grown significantly. A WBAN can be used to develop patient monitoring systems which offer flexibility to medical staff and mobility to patients. Patients monitoring could involve a range of activities including data collection from various body sensors for storage and diagnosis, transmitting data to remote medical databases, and controlling medical appliances, etc. Also, WBANs could operate in an interconnected mode to enable remote patient monitoring using telehealth/e-health applications.
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20 October 2010 | No Comments »
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Determining Patient Preferences for Remote Monitoring

Basoglu N et al, Journal of Medical Systems, 2010

This paper presents the patient preferences for an application in remote health monitoring. The data was collected through a mobile service prototype. Analytical Hierarchy Process and Conjoint Analysis were used to extract the patient preferences. The study was limited to diabetes and obesity patients in Istanbul, Turkey.
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18 October 2010 | No Comments »
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Transforming online communities into support environments for chronic disease management through cell phones and social networks

Wickramasinghe N, Goldberg S. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 7(6)

Diabetes is a chronic disease that increases exponentially. Its consequences are long-term and problematic. To date, there is no cure and patients must rely on appropriate and constant monitoring to maintain a state of health that is as good as possible.
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1 October 2010 | No Comments »
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Tile-Ippokratis: The Experience of an Ehealth Platform for the Provision of Health Care Services in the Island of Chios and Cyprus

Papadopoulos H. International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications, 2010

Tile-Ippokratis proposed an integrated platform for the provision of low-cost ehealth services to citizens in southeast Mediterranean area (Island of Chios and Cyprus). The aim of the paper is to present the architecture, the design, and the evaluation results of this platform. The platform based on already evaluated state-of-the-art mobile ehealth systems and using wireless and terrestrial telecommunication networks is able to provide the following health care services
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8 September 2010 | No Comments »
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Securing electronic health records with novel mobile encryption schemes

Weerasinghe D et al, International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 3(4)

Mobile devices have penetrated the healthcare sector due to their increased functionality, low cost, high reliability and easy-to-use nature. However, in healthcare applications the privacy and security of the transmitted information must be preserved. Therefore applications require a concrete security framework based on long-term security keys, such as the security key that can be found in a mobile Subscriber Identity Module (SIM).
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15 August 2010 | No Comments »
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Implementation of Wireless Body Area Networksfor Healthcare Systems

Yuce MR. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 2010

This work describes the implementation of a complete Wireless Body-Area Network (WBAN) system to deploy in medical environments. Issues related to hardware implementations, software and wireless protocol designs are addressed. In addition to reviewing and discussing the current attempts in wireless body area network technology, a WBAN system that has been designed for healthcare applications will be presented in detail herein. The wireless system in the WBAN uses medical bands to obtain physiological data from sensor nodes.
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14 June 2010 | No Comments »
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[Wireless device for monitoring the patients with chronic disease]

Ciorap R et al, Revista medico-chirurgicală̆ a Societă̆ţ̜ii de Medici ş̧i Naturaliş̧ti din Iaş̧i, 112(4)

Remote monitoring of chronic diseases can improve health outcomes and potentially lower health care costs. The high number of the patients, suffering of chronically diseases, who wish to stay at home rather then in a hospital increasing the need of homecare monitoring and have lead to a high demand of wearable medical devices. Also, extended patient monitoring during normal activity has become a very important target.
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13 May 2010 | No Comments »
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Using digital watermarking to enhance security in wireless medical image transmission

Giakoumaki A et al, Telemedicine and e-Health, 16(3)

During the last few years, wireless networks have been increasingly used both inside hospitals and in patients’ homes to transmit medical information. In general, wireless networks suffer from decreased security. However, digital watermarking can be used to secure medical information. In this study, we focused on combining wireless transmission and digital watermarking technologies to better secure the transmission of medical images within and outside the hospital.
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27 April 2010 | No Comments »
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Finnish perspectives of wireless in healthcare

Alasaarela, Esko, International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 5(2)

Wireless solutions are a good choice for healthcare development in Finland. A survey of 135 experts in Finland show that (1) the competences needed for developing wireless solutions exist (2) the Finnish healthcare system is integrated enough and (3) the technology industry in this area is too weak for global marketing.
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14 November 2009 | No Comments »
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Elderly persons’ perception and acceptance of using wireless sensor networks to assist healthcare

Steele, Robert et al, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 78(12)

This is an exploratory study carrying out qualitative research into the perceptions, attitudes and concerns of elderly persons towards wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies in terms of their application to healthcare. This work aims to provide guidance on the dimensions and items that may be included in the development of a more in-depth questionnaire to further validate the importance of the identified factors as well as the relationships between them. This study aims to contribute to opening up a communication channel between users and researchers, informing the research community in relation to applications and functionalities that users deem as either desirable, inadequate or in need of further development.
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4 September 2009 | No Comments »
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The use of wireless email to improve healthcare team communication

O'Connor, Chris et al, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 16(5)

To assess the impact of clinical communication using wireless email in an intensive care unit (ICU).

We implemented push wireless email over a GSM cellular network in a 26-bed ICU during 6 months. Daytime ICU staff (intensivists, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, clerical staff, and ICU leadership) used handheld devices (BlackBerry, Research in Motion, Waterloo ON) without dedicated training. We recorded email volume and used standard methods to develop a self-administered survey of ICU staff to measure wireless email impact.
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6 July 2009 | No Comments »
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Evaluation of an Innovative Communication Technology in an Acute Care Setting

Vandenkerkhof, Elizabeth G. et al, Computers Informatics Nursing, 27(4)

Wireless technology in healthcare has been associated with communication-related improvements in workflow; however, there are barriers to adoption. The purpose of this study was to assess perceptions and attitudes of staff toward the use of a wireless communication device (Vocera, Vocera Communications, Inc., San Jose, CA) and to compare communication patterns before and after implementation.
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4 July 2009 | No Comments »
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Towards Improved Healthcare Performance: Examining Technological Possibilities and Patient Satisfaction with Wireless Body Area Networks

Fensli, Rune et al, Journal of Medical Systems, online first

This paper investigates the benefits of using less intrusive wireless technologies for heart monitoring. By replacing well established heart monitoring devices (i.e. Holter) with wireless ECG based Body Area Networks (BAN), improved healthcare performance can be achieved, reflected in (1) high quality ECG recordings during physical activities and (2) increased patient satisfaction.
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18 May 2009 | No Comments »
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Delivering Diagnostic Quality Video over Mobile Wireless Networks for Telemedicine

Rao, Sira P. et al, International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications, 2009, Article ID 406753

In real-time remote diagnosis of emergency medical events, mobility can be enabled by wireless video communications. However, clinical use of this potential advance will depend on definitive and compelling demonstrations of the reliability of diagnostic quality video. Because the medical domain has its own fidelity criteria, it is important to incorporate diagnostic video quality criteria into any video compression system design.
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4 May 2009 | No Comments »
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ECG-based wireless home infant apnoea monitor

Fraiwan, L. et al, Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, 33(4)

A safe and wireless system for infant apnoea monitoring and treatment is proposed. It consists of two separate modules that detect apnoea based on a microcontroller processing and transmitting signals to the remote unit using wireless communication arrangement. Depending on the ECG signal, this system records the infant’s heart and respiratory rates. Recognition of the consecutive QRS complexes within the ECG signal helps in calculating these vitals.
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24 April 2009 | No Comments »
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Electronic health

Chen, Hui et al, International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications, 2009, Article ID 308710

Computing and networking techniques and technologies are gradually penetrating into every aspect of health care and medical practice. Many believe that important benefits can be achieved with the marriage of these two areas, including the delivery of high-quality health care at lower cost.
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18 April 2009 | No Comments »
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