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Alejandro Fanjul Fernández designs a telemedicine system using interactive digital television. //

Telecommunications engineer at the Public University of Navarre, Alejandro Fanjul Fernández, has designed a pioneering system of telemedicine for interactive digital television. This system enables the monitoring and treatment of and support for both patients and elderly people, from the comfort and convenience of their homes, by means of the television. This is the first tele-assistance system in Spain for interactive digital television and a number of companies and government bodies have expressed interest in marketing the application.

Alejandro Fanjul Fernández has worked on this project for his graduate thesis, under the auspices of Mikel Sagüés García and within the remit of the MHProject research group of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Public University of Navarre. He focused his activity on research into and implementation of innovative technology within the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) for interactive digital television.

This designed tele-assistance system, known as ATS-Interactiva, focuses its services on the monitoring and treatment of and support for patients by means of television. To this end, every so often, a series of check-ups and medication reminders are carried out, which at the same time enable a channel of communication to be opened up between the health care professional and the patient.

Through a complex system of data treatment and interactivity with the patient, the ATS-Interactiva system enables doctors to have a complete system of monitoring of patients at hand at all times, enabling them to assess patients' progress through the observation of their vital signs: weight, pulse, blood pressure, glucose level and so on.

This application may be of great utility for undertaking the monitoring of patients who are convalescing in a post-operative recovery st
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