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Promoting Better Healthcare for Patients in Critical Condition: An IoT-Based Solution to Integrate Patients, Physicians, and Ambulance Services

Promoting Better Healthcare for Patients in Critical Condition: An IoT-Based Solution to Integrate Patients, Physicians, and Ambulance Services
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Author(s): Itamir Barroca (UFRN, Brazil), Gibeon Aquino (UFRN, Brazil) and Maria Alzete Lima (UFRN, Brazil)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 21
Source title: Next-Generation Mobile and Pervasive Healthcare Solutions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jose Machado (University of Minho, Portugal), António Abelha (University of Minho, Portugal), Manuel Filipe Santos (University of Minho, Portugal) and Filipe Portela (University of Minho, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2851-7.ch001

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Abstract

The high cost of healthcare services, the aging population and the increase of chronic disease is becoming a global concern. Several studies have indicated the need to minimize the process of hospitalization and the high cost of patient care. A promising trend in healthcare is to move the routines of medical checks from a hospital to the patient's home. Moreover, recent advances in microelectronics have boosted the advent of a revolutionary model involving systems and communication technology. This new paradigm, the Internet of Things (IoT), has a broad applicability in several areas, including healthcare. Based on this context, this chapter aims to describe a computer platform based on IoT for the remote monitoring of patients in critical condition. Furthermore, it is planned to approach the current advances and challenges of conceiving and developing a set of technology-centric, targeting issues relevant to underdeveloped countries, particularly in regards to Brazil's health infrastructure.

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