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Flexible technologies and smart clothing for citizen medicine, home healthcare, and disease prevention

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6 Author(s)
Fabrice Axisa ; Inst. Nat. des Sci. Appliquees de Lyon, Villeurbanne, France ; P. M. Schmitt ; C. Gehin ; G. Delhomme
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Improvement of the quality and efficiency of healthcare in medicine, both at home and in hospital, is becoming more and more important for patients and society at large. As many technologies (micro technologies, telecommunication, low-power design, new textiles, and flexible sensors) are now available, new user-friendly devices can be developed to enhance the comfort and security of the patient. As clothes and textiles are in direct contact with about 90% of the skin surface, smart sensors and smart clothes with noninvasive sensors are an attractive solution for home-based and ambulatory health monitoring. Moreover, wearable devices or smart homes with exosensors are also potential solutions. All these systems can provide a safe and comfortable environment for home healthcare, illness prevention, and citizen medicine.

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IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 3 )