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Fujitsu and NUS to jointly develop wireless body sensor network

F.Y. Teng | Nov. 30, 2012
The setup should provide for enhanced continuous monitoring of patients in hospitals and at home connected via a "Health Cloud".

Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited, Fujitsu Asia and the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced on Monday (November 26, 2012) that they had established a partnership to jointly run a research programme that starts out with the aim of "developing a wireless body network, designed for continuous monitoring, both in hospital and in the home, and connected to a Health Cloud for remote processing by computers and healthcare providers."

The body network will be formed by connected wireless biomedical sensors placed in various locations on the patients' bodies, said the parties working on the new programme, dubbed Body Sensor Network for Disease Management and Prevention-Oriented Healthcare. "The recorded physiological data are stored and processed in the Health Cloud and, in the case of any abnormalities being detected, the Health Cloud creates flags to alert healthcare providers," they said.

Specific areas that will be explored to enable this network include: the development of a wireless sensor plaster for ECG, temperature and respiration monitoring, and wireless wristband sensors for measuring blood pressure, temperature and oxygen saturation.

The staff of relevant divisions of Fujitsu are expected to work closely with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering, the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health on the programme.

"This collaboration is made possible due to the fact that we have all the necessary expertise within one organisation, and in close proximity," said Professor Barry Halliwell, Deputy President (Research and Technology) at NUS. "This includes engineers at our Faculty of Engineering, the clinician scientists at the Yong Loon Lin School of Medicine, researchers from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the facilities and healthcare professionals at the National University Hospital, who will be involved during the clinical trials,"

 

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