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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2009;15(4):465-474.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2009.15.4.465    Published online December 31, 2009.
Development of u-House Gateway for u-Healthcare
Dongwoo Ro1, Sooyoung Yoo1, Kyungwoo Cheon2, Jinwook Choi1
1Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea.
2Interdisciplinary Program of Bioengineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea.
Correspondence:  Jinwook Choi,
Received: 4 May 2009
Abstract

Objective: Ubiquitous healthcare (u-Healthcare) is an emerging paradigm in the healthcare environment. One of the most promising applications for u-Healthcare is the ubiquitous home health monitoring system. This paper addresses two significant challenges in the successful application of the ubiquitous home health monitoring system: the uniform integration of measured biosignal data and easy access to monitored biosignal data.

Methods: We used the Medical waveform description Format Encoding Rule (MFER) standard to encode biosignal data. A web-based MFER upload ActiveX control was designed and implemented to transfer MFER files to the central repository server in a near real-time basis. All of the integrated biosignal data were then accessed and managed through the central repository server.

Results: We developed a u-House server that can serve as a uniform data transferer to integrate measured biosignal data from u-House homes into the remote central repository server. We developed user-friendly web services that allow users to easily search and view monitored biosignal data.

Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that the MFER standard can be easily adapted to u-Healthcare systems and that a web-based ubiquitous home health monitoring system has advantages of ubiquitous access and scalability.

Key Words: Ubiquitous Healthcare, Home Health Monitoring, Biosignal Data, MFER, FLAC


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