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Computerized mobile health support systems
Date:2/20/2009

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Poor sleep can be attributed to many causes, including shift work, stress, snoring or even sleep apnea a disorder in which the sleeper temporarily stops breathing. Until now, only a sleep laboratory could determine whether a patient is suffering from sleep apnea or related sleep disturbances. In a traditional sleep laboratory, the patient is observed while sleeping for at least one night, connected to cables and observed by a large number of measuring instruments and cameras. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen have now developed a mobile sleep lab for home use.

SomnoSENS consists of a small box that is worn attached to the body during sleep and observes vital functions. Four adhesive electrode pads are used to record an electrocardiogram (ECG), while a finger clip measures the patient's blood oxygen level and pulse rate. A nasal clip and expandable belts around the upper torso monitor breathing, and a movement sensor in the device identifies the patient's body position and registers how much he or she moves. "The device is attached to the body during sleep and does not hinder sleep comfort due to its miniature size," Herbert Siegert from IIS assures. "SomnoSENS records and stores the data, and transmits them to the base station via a Bluetooth wireless interface. The physician can later evaluate the stored information to make an evidence-based diagnosis."

SYSvital Assistance for heart patients

Patients with cardiovascular problems are often fearful of suffering another heart attack or developing other heart complications. They cannot visit the doctor daily to gain assurance about their condition. The SYSVital telemonitoring device devised by the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden offers assistance to patients with h
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Contact: Herbert Siegert
herbert.siegert@iis.fraunhofer.de
49-913-177-67362
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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