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Journal of Computer Sciences and Applications. 2015, 3(1), 11-17
DOI: 10.12691/jcsa-3-1-2
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A Framework for Intelligent Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring and Control System for Developing Countries

OBAHIAGBON KINGSLEY1, and ODIGIE BENISON B2

1Department of mathematics and computer science, Benson Idahosa University, Edo State, Nigeria

2Department of Management Information System, Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, Nigeria

Pub. Date: February 26, 2015

Cite this paper:
OBAHIAGBON KINGSLEY and ODIGIE BENISON B. A Framework for Intelligent Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring and Control System for Developing Countries. Journal of Computer Sciences and Applications. 2015; 3(1):11-17. doi: 10.12691/jcsa-3-1-2

Abstract

High Blood Pressure (HBP) or hypertension is the major cause of adult mortality across the globe. Developing countries are the most hit of this death toll due to poor medical practices, lack of medical expertise and unreliable Electronic Medical Information (EMR) systems for citizens. Due to the increasing prevalence of HBP related issues, became necessary to continue to seek out for effective methodologies that would facilitate the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, and treatment of HBP intelligently and to put under control its associated diseases. This paper presents a flexible framework for improving the existing processes for collecting vital signs required for the management of HBP through remote telemonitoring. It is a study that leverage wireless communications and remote sensing technologies to monitor and manage health related vital signs of patients with HBP and also to afford health care providers with necessary information for the treatment of patient with HBP and its associated chronic diseases like diabetes mellitus, chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The result of the framework is a software model tested on windows mobile 5.0 emulator, Nokia 5200 handset and a backend web application with i-net clear report support for reporting various decision parameters to hospital medical experts and providing counseling and advisory supports on healthy living for the remote patient. The paper concluded that this platform will provide an avenue to accelerate quality health care delivery to the hinterlands where telecommunication advancement using wireless devices can reach.

Keywords:
Electronic Medical Information (EMR) high blood pressure remote telemonitoring vital signs health care

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