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Sensors 2012, 12(10), 13907-13946; doi:10.3390/s121013907

A Review on Architectures and Communications Technologies for Wearable Health-Monitoring Systems

Telematics Engineering Department, Carlos III University of Madrid, Avda. Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain
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Received: 16 July 2012 / Revised: 9 October 2012 / Accepted: 10 October 2012 / Published: 16 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Body Sensor Networks for Healthcare and Pervasive Applications)
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Abstract

Nowadays society is demanding more and more smart healthcare services that allow monitoring patient status in a non-invasive way, anywhere and anytime. Thus, healthcare applications are currently facing important challenges guided by the u-health (ubiquitous health) and p-health (pervasive health) paradigms. New emerging technologies can be combined with other widely deployed ones to develop such next-generation healthcare systems. The main objective of this paper is to review and provide more details on the work presented in “LOBIN: E-Textile and Wireless-Sensor-Network-Based Platform for Healthcare Monitoring in Future Hospital Environments”, published in the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, as well as to extend and update the comparison with other similar systems. As a result, the paper discusses the main advantages and disadvantages of using different architectures and communications technologies to develop wearable systems for pervasive healthcare applications.
Keywords: Wearable Health Monitoring Systems (WHMS); Body Area Networks (BAN); Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN); ubiquitous health; pervasive health; e-Textile; indoor location Wearable Health Monitoring Systems (WHMS); Body Area Networks (BAN); Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN); ubiquitous health; pervasive health; e-Textile; indoor location
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Custodio, V.; Herrera, F.J.; López, G.; Moreno, J.I. A Review on Architectures and Communications Technologies for Wearable Health-Monitoring Systems. Sensors 2012, 12, 13907-13946.

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