Accession Number : ADA317297

Title :   Assessment of Embedded Sensors for Health-Status Monitoring.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 14 May 95-30 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Schodek, Daniel L.

PDF Url : ADA317297

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : Newly developing advanced medical technologies based on remote diagnosis, consultation and treatment offer the potential for improving outcomes by extending advanced health care more directly into the environments that military patient-users actually inhabit or work within; such as military housing, workplace or task environments, outpatient clinics, and deployable health care modules. This approach promises to improve access and reduce costs by reducing demands to use specialized medical facilities for common care needs. This project has assessed the feasibility of embedding different kinds of sensors for monitoring patient-user vital signs and other health measures directly into common architectural components and linking these sensors to a telemedicine system. Following workshops to develop user needs statements, a concept design for a health-sensing habitation environment was developed, and specific components were explored. A preliminary prototype of a health care chair' was developed. The project demonstrated the feasibility of the general approach.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FACILITIES, *TELEVISION SYSTEMS, *DIAGNOSIS(MEDICINE), *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, *MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, ENVIRONMENTS, DETECTORS, MONITORING, HEALTH, FACILITIES, MEDICINE, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, EMBEDDING, ARCHITECTURE, OUTPATIENT CLINICS, WORKSHOPS, HOUSING(DWELLINGS).

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE