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Microelectronic Sensor Systems for Improving Patient Outcomes
Keywords: microelectronic sensor systems, wearable sensors, body-area sensing
Healthcare providers (HCP) are collecting data to manage patients. Algorithms using the data in electronic health records (EHR) can predict physical, physiological, and psychological problems. Fast-paced lives result in patients having little time for multiple HCP appointments therefore limiting the amount of data that can be collected. Microelectronic sensor systems and advanced packaging technology can enable wearable sensors and body-area sensing platforms which can significantly increase the amount of patient data collected in both clinical and non-clinical settings. This “real-time” data can be sent to the patients EHR and reviewed by the HCP. An overview of the use of informatics and sensor data for healthcare applications will be presented. This will include current developments in wearable sensors for continuous monitoring, the management of gateways for access to the EHR, and data analysis for quickly evaluating patient treatment response. Minimizing healthcare visits is a significant benefit for patients of all ages, but sensor systems for collecting and managing physiologic data present unique challenges. Some concepts have been investigated by HPC professionals in terms of what needs to be measured, how it should be measured, and when the measurements are needed in order to deliver a system solution based on networked sensors.
Barbara Morrison Wilford, Professor of Nursing
Lorain County Community College
, OH

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