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Title: Using RFID and Wi-Fi in healthcare
Authors: Dingli, Alexiei
Seychell, Dylan
Keywords: Ambient intelligence
Medical care -- Case studies
Context-aware computing
Semantic Web
Ubiquitous computing
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: IGI Global
Citation: Dingli, A., & Seychell, D. (2014). Using RFID and Wi-Fi in healthcare. International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications (IJEHMC), 5(1), 96-113.
Abstract: Europe faces a considerable challenge in providing good quality health care in the forthcoming future as the aging population increases. The phenomenon also results in a considerable cost on society due to the dependency on the public health sector particularly because such individuals would not be able to contribute to the economy. On the other hand, younger persons would need to make alternative arrangements to assist their elderly parents or relatives, potentially affecting productivity. The project PervasIve Nursing And docToral Assistant (PINATA) seeks to tackle this matter through the merging of Ambient Intelligence (AmI) and semantic web technologies. PINATA utilises pervasive devices to aid doctors and nurses to focus on the patient and thus improve the quality of healthcare services. This project proves the significant importance of using wireless technology in healthcare. This paper focuses on the use of Wi-Fi and RFID in an effort to enable continuous and intelligent monitoring of patients' conditions remotely. Results show that the detection system performs well (over 80%) accuracy on fall detection and the manual readings mapped 100% with the results collected by the system over the Wi-Fi infrastructure discussed in this paper.
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