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A Survey on Wearable Sensor-Based Systems for Health Monitoring and Prognosis

Abstract
…This paper attempts to comprehensively review the current research and development on wearable biosensor systems for health monitoring. A variety of system implementations are compared in an approach to identify the technological shortcomings of the current state-of-the-art in wearable biosensor solutions. An emphasis is given to multiparameter physiological sensing system designs, providing reliable vital signs measurements and incorporating real-time decision support for early detection of symptoms or context awareness. In order to evaluate the maturity level of the top current achievements in wearable health-monitoring systems, a set of significant features, that best describe the functionality and the characteristics of the systems, has been selected to derive a thorough study. The aim of this survey is not to criticize, but to serve as a reference for researchers and developers in this scientific area and to provide direction for future research improvements.

Comments
System-level discussion of wearable biosensors for the healthcare field. Summary of biosignals and their corresponding sensor types. Comments on the criteria for ‘wearability’: size, weight, collected data security, minimum power consumption, affordability. Overview of wireless communication standards applicable to wearable healthcare implements. Overview of wearable research prototypes (LiveNet, AMON, LifeGuard). Description of systems based on smart textiles (MyHeart, Wealthy, MagicIC). Overview of commercial products (BodyMedia, LifeShirt, Watchdog). Interesting ‘maturity evaluation’ overview table.

Citation
Pantelopoulos, A., Bourbakis, N.G., “A Survey on Wearable Sensor-Based Systems for Health Monitoring and Prognosis,” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews, Vol. 40, No. 1, Jan. 2010, p. 1-12

Expertise Level
Introductory-Intermediate

Professional Field
Computer Science, Engineering

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