Improving Telemonitoring of Heart Failure Patients with NFC Technology

J. Morak, A. Kollmann, D. Hayn, P. Kastner, G. Humer, and G. Schreier (Austria)


eHealth, telemedicine, mobile phone, NFC/RFID, heart failure


Patients suffering from chronic diseases like congestive heart failure (CHF) can be supported in their self management process by utilizing telemedicine services based on standard IT and mobile phone infrastructure. Continuous transmission of self measurements of blood pressure, body weight and other health related parameters to a monitoring centre allows the attending physician to monitor those data and to guide the patient to the best possible health status. In such concepts, the most challenging part is still the human computer interface, i.e. to support the user with an adequate system to transmit the self measurements. The objective of this paper is to present a new kind of patient terminal based on mobile phones in combination with the now available near field communication (NFC) technology. This concept provides an intuitive and easy-to-use way to acquire and transmit health related data just by touching medical measurement devices with NFC enabled mobile phones.

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