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Remote Blood Glucose Monitoring in mHealth Scenarios: A Review

Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Woman and Child’s Health, University of Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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Academic Editor: W. Rudolf Seitz
Sensors 2016, 16(12), 1983;
Received: 27 September 2016 / Revised: 14 November 2016 / Accepted: 16 November 2016 / Published: 24 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glucose Sensors: Revolution in Diabetes Management 2016)
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Glucose concentration in the blood stream is a critical vital parameter and an effective monitoring of this quantity is crucial for diabetes treatment and intensive care management. Effective bio-sensing technology and advanced signal processing are therefore of unquestioned importance for blood glucose monitoring. Nevertheless, collecting measurements only represents part of the process as another critical task involves delivering the collected measures to the treating specialists and caregivers. These include the clinical staff, the patient’s significant other, his/her family members, and many other actors helping with the patient treatment that may be located far away from him/her. In all of these cases, a remote monitoring system, in charge of delivering the relevant information to the right player, becomes an important part of the sensing architecture. In this paper, we review how the remote monitoring architectures have evolved over time, paralleling the progress in the Information and Communication Technologies, and describe our experiences with the design of telemedicine systems for blood glucose monitoring in three medical applications. The paper ends summarizing the lessons learned through the experiences of the authors and discussing the challenges arising from a large-scale integration of sensors and actuators. View Full-Text
Keywords: blood glucose sensors; remote monitoring; mHealth; Internet of Things (IoT) in health care blood glucose sensors; remote monitoring; mHealth; Internet of Things (IoT) in health care

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Lanzola, G.; Losiouk, E.; Del Favero, S.; Facchinetti, A.; Galderisi, A.; Quaglini, S.; Magni, L.; Cobelli, C. Remote Blood Glucose Monitoring in mHealth Scenarios: A Review. Sensors 2016, 16, 1983.

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