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Intelligent CARDIOlogy monitoring SysteM using GPS/GPRS networks

Objective

The design and realisation of a novel intelligent and portable electrocardiograph device with a GPRS link for monitoring the heart activity of patients and the automatic detection and transmission of fundamental heart failures. This novel design will comprise several subsystems: microcontroller system for data signal analysis, communication subsystem including GPRS/GSM standard links and power subsystem. The main objective is to improve the quality of life of cardiology patients, as they have not to be confined in hospitals. They can feel free of walking or even travelling but keeping contact with their cardiology specialist or hospital. A direct and almost instant medical support is provided, as a voice channel is included in the GPRS connection.

Objectives:
The main design and realisation of a novel intelligent and portable electrocardiograph device with a GPRS link for monitoring the heart activity of patients and the automatic detection and transmission of fundamental heart failures.

This general objective will be achieved by means of the following detailed objectives:
A) Design of the portable electrocardiograph prototype. This design will be done according to the concept defined by a patent owned by CARDIOTEST. It must maximise its autonomy, real-time processing power capability and robustness. It must be also user-friendly, as a patient maybe in critical situation will use it;
B) Selection of algorithms for cardiac disease detection, compression and cryptography to optimise the amount of data transmission;
C) Integration of the device in an already existent Cardiac Monitoring System (CAMS);
D) Industrial version of the terminal will be commercialised by CARDIOTEST;
E) Technology transfer from AICIA to CARDIOTEST.

Work description:
The project is organised in several tasks as follows:

1)Portable Electrocardiograph Design. This task includes the design of the system architecture and its partitioning in several subsystems:
- Signal Conditioning Module, which will adapt cardiac signals;
- Signal Processing Module, which includes cardiac signal pre-processing, pattern recognition, compression and cryptography;
- Communication Module, including GPRS data transmission and GSM Voice links;
- GPS Module, to determine the exact location of the patient;
- Power Module, to maximise power savings to provide maximum autonomy. Special care must be taken in the interaction of the subsystems and Hardware & Software integration;

2)System Prototyping. Physical realisation of the previous subsystems;

3)System Integration. Interconnection of previous subsystems. Special care must be taken with the power consumption and electromagnetic interference between the Signal Conditioning and Communication Modules;

4)System testing and validation. Local centre test will be used to validate design performance according to already proven routines and tests. It will include field-testing, where the prototypes will be evaluated in Cardiotest medical centre, and performance checked;

5) Dissemination of the results. The experiment expertise gained will be disseminated by contributions in relevant international congresses and journals and generation of media material. All this work will be based on previous research carried out by CARDIOTEST and AICIA, which have already generated a first version of an on-line portable electrocardiograph using GSM.

Milestones:
Milestones(results):
1. Project Database;
2. Functional Specification;
3. Design Documentation;
4. Prototype Documentation;
5. Technology Integration;
6. Final Report.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

TELEASISTENCIA CARDIOTEST, S. L.
Address
Calle Ramon Y Cajal 1
41018 Sevilla
Spain

Participants (1)

ASOCIACION DE LA INVESTIGACION Y COOPERACION INDUSTRIAL DE ANDALUCIA "F. DE PAULA ROJAS"
Spain
Address
Dr. Antonio Cortes Llado 6
41004 Sevilla