Linking continuous monitoring of ‘health behaviour’ through non-invasive wearable sensors with decision support HEARTS offers support to healthy, ill, and high-risk people alike.
“The value added of the HEARTS system, which offers continuous monitoring, is its decision support capabilities. This innovative, patient-centric approach involves improved automatic diagnosis features based on disease knowledge. This is gathered by monitoring the ‘health behaviour’ of the wearer,” explains Stefano Romani, Programme Manager of Datamat, SPA and coordinator of the IST programme-funded HEARTS (Healthy Early Alarm Recognition and Telemonitoring System) project.
The disease knowledge is enriched over time as the system learns the patient’s behaviour, for example, by monitoring and ‘remembering’ the heartbeat during daily activities. Biometric signals, primarily ECG (electrocardiogram), are collected in the hospital or at home and displayed on a central station accessed by a doctor, who can then warn the patient.
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