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Multimedia telehomecare system using standard TV set

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5 Author(s)
S. Guillen ; Bioeng., Electron. & Telemedicine Group, Instituto ITACA, Madrid, Spain ; M. T. Arredondo ; V. Traver ; J. M. Garcia
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Nowadays, there are a very large number of patients that need specific health support at home. The deployment of broadband communication networks is making feasible the provision of home care services with a proper quality of service. This paper presents a telehomecare multimedia platform that runs over integrated services digital network and internet protocol using videoconferencing standards H.320 and H.323, and a standard TV set for patient interaction. This platform allows online remote monitoring: ECG, heart sound, blood pressure. Usability, affordability, and interoperability were considered for the design and development of its hardware and software components. A first evaluation of technical and usability aspects were carried forward with 52 patients of a private clinic and 10 students in the University. Results show a high rate (mean = 4.33, standard deviation-SD = 1.63 in a five-points Likert scale) in the global perception of users on the quality of images, voice, and feeling of virtual presence.

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IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 12 )