A context-management framework for telemedicine: An emergency medicine case study

Rita H. Wouhaybi, Mark D. Yarvis, Philip Muse, Chieh Yih Wan, Sangita Sharma, Sai Prasad, Lenitra Durham, Ritu Sahni, Robert Norton, Merlin Curry, Holly Jimison, Richard Harper, Robert Lowe

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Patient care can be intense and stressful, especially in emergency care situations. Emergency care has two parts, field care by a paramedic and in-hospital care. Paramedics often consult with physicians before the patient reaches the hospital. To do this effectively, they must convey the patient's condition rapidly and effectively. Upon hospital arrival they must also transfer as much patient data as possible to ensure continuation of care. In this paper, we present a context-management framework for telemedicine that is designed to capture sensor data for transfer to a remote location. We further describe an application developed on top of the framework for emergency medicine. We examine design considerations for the application based on collaboration with medical personnel. Finally, we present technical results obtained from use of the technology in simulated emergency scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Wireless Health 2010, WH'10
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Wireless Health Conference, WH'10 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2010Oct 7 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - Wireless Health 2010, WH'10


Other1st Wireless Health Conference, WH'10
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • context-aware systems
  • emergency medicine application
  • open platform
  • sensor networks
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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