A BAN (body area network) created by an Android phone app can monitor heart, brain and muscle activity and transmit the information to a remote medical centre.
IMEC, which developed the app says: “With this interface, we are the first to demonstrate a complete BAN connected to a mobile phone enabling reliable long-term ambulatory monitoring of various health parameters such as cardiac performance, brain activity and muscle activity.”
Data collected by the wireless sensors it transmitted to the phone where it is collected, processed and stored, as well as sent over the internet if doctors need to view it remotely.
Alarm thresholds can be set to send out automatic alerts. Communications links include SMS, e-mail, data transmission over the internet and GPS to track user location
“The mobile phone’s hardware is extended to operate with low-power communication protocols and low-power radios, enabling long-term medical telemonitoring,” says IMEC.