4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Patient tracking system

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        author={H. Gamboa and F. Silva and H. Silva},
        title={Patient tracking system},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={wearable; monitoring; heart rate; fall; alarm;sensors; hardware; health care.},
  • H. Gamboa
    F. Silva
    H. Silva
    Year: 2010
    Patient tracking system
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8916
H. Gamboa1,*, F. Silva2,*, H. Silva2,*
  • 1: Departamento de Fisica, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, UNL, Caparica, Portugal
  • 2: PLUX - Engenharia de Biosensores, Lda., Lisboa, Portugal
*Contact email: hgamboa@fct.unl.pt, fsilva@plux.info, hsilva@plux.info


This paper describes a wireless wearable sensing system designed to monitor patients within a building in real-time on a continuous basis. The device automatically provides alarms to caregivers, based on biosignals measured by sensors integrated on a necklace worn by each patient. The device detects heart rate, involuntary falls, and location of the patient within a building. It also has a manual call button. The system is now in its prototype phase and has two main goals: improve the quality of care for the patients; and save care-givers' time.