IIT-Kharagpur develops telemedicine on the move
The technology will allow doctors to monitor vital parameters of the patients even as he is ferried in an ambulance to the hospital. It has connected framework that enables patients, doctors and paramedics to have instant access to real-time medical data though the use of any internet connected devices capable of running a web browser (including smartphones and tablets) . The framework enables wireless connectivity to state-of-the-art medical sensors, secure privacy-aware cloud-based data storage as well as cloud based analytics
Preliminary clinical trials of AmbuSens framework were first carried out on emergency room patients at B.C. Roy Technology Hospital at IIT Kharagpur campus in July 2016 and then at AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar, in December.
AmbuSens is a health monitoring system that could take patient care to a next level. It is capable of monitoring various parameters of patient wirelessly. The parameters include ECG, heart rate, temperature, blood pressure.
AmbuSens for Temperature Monitoring (image credit: IIT Kharagpur)
The system allows the patients to access doctors anytime from anywhere. The medical data of the patients could also be obtained by the doctors in real time. The connected network of the system doctors, patients and paramedics will enable the doctor to keep a look at their patients from anywhere and monitor their health condition at the same time.
The secure privacy-aware cloud-based data storage as well as cloud-based analytics keeps the data of the patients safe. The major limitation of the other technology like telemedicine is that the doctors can see their patients but cannot monitor their health condition at that time.
The development of the smart ambulatory health monitoring system- AmbuSens is sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India.
The system has a digitized and standardized medical record keeping process across a wide network of client hospitals for easy transfer of critical medical information between the hospitals.
Real-time monitoring of the patient during the transit in an ambulance and the instant accessibility of the concerned doctors at both ends make it a groundbreaking healthcare monitoring system.
Wireless sensors make it user-friendly and flexible when used for patients on critical life support equipment which are often large and unwieldy.
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