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An ECG compression technique for telecardiology application

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2 Author(s)
Gupta, R. ; Dept. of Appl. Phys., Univ. of Calcutta, Kolkata, India ; Mitra, M.

An offline ECG compression technique, based on encoding of successive sample differences is proposed. The encoded elements are generated through four stages, viz., down sampling of raw samples, normalization of successive sample differences; data grouping; magnitude and sign encoding; and finally zero element compression. Initially, the compression algorithm is validated with short duration raw ECG samples from PTB database under Physionet. MATLAB simulation results using ptb-db data with 8-bit quantization results a compression ratio (CR) of 9.02 and percentage root mean square difference (PRD) of 2.51. With mit-db these figures are 4.68 and 0.739 respectively. The algorithm is presently being implemented in a wireless telecardiology system using a standalone embedded system.

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India Conference (INDICON), 2011 Annual IEEE

Date of Conference:

16-18 Dec. 2011