Improving Medical Care Through the Use of Sensor Networks
Undergraduate and Graduate Project
Investigators: Christopher Martinez, Assistant Professor
Amber Higgins, B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science
Cameron MacDonald, M.S. in Computer Engineering
Jia Chen, M.S. in Computer Engineering
Funding: Grant submission pending
Project Description : Our society is currently rethinking how health care should be conducted. The out-of-control cost is forcing society to examine how to treat patient in the most cost-effective manner, and technology may provide some solutions.
The research is exploring how to use sensor networks to provide real-time information about the current state of a patient. The sensors collect data on vitals from medical devices used in treatment. Using sensor networks, we are collecting data wirelessly so that doctors and other medical professionals can have a comprehensive view of the patient. The research has the potential to produce patents.
The project is ongoing, and I am always looking for more students to join on the project with skills in embedded systems, sensors, programming, and wireless networks.
Publications: Amber Higgins and Christopher J. Martinez, "Wireless Sensor Network with a Remote Monitoring Service Application for Patient Monitoring in Medical Environments," ASEE 2012 North East Conference, April 2012.