Wearable biosensors for monitoring patients
Sima Ajami1, Fotooheh Teimouri2
1 Department of Management and Health Information Technology, Faculty of Medical Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Information Technology, Isfahan Health Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
|Date of Web Publication||09-May-2016|
Department of Management and Health Information Technology, School of Medical Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Hezarjerib Avenue, P. O. Box: 81745-346, Isfahan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Ajami S, Teimouri F. Wearable biosensors for monitoring patients. J Res Med Sci 2016;21:30
One of the problems in patient care is lack of continuous monitoring of vital signs in those who need health care and long-term treatment. Wearable biosensors are an example of new technologies in the health care area and provide opportunities for continuous monitoring of vital signs in patients, athletes, premature infants, children, mental patients, people who need long-term care, elderly, and those who live in remote areas and do not have access to health care services. A textile-based wearable system for vital sign monitoring in cardiac patients has been suggested. This vest is made of a conductive fabric which can measure heartbeat and breathing rate during activity or at rest and send information to a processing center. This way, people's health can be monitored after discharge from the hospital.  Patients' referral to healthcare centers leads to waste of time and money for them and the health system. Remote monitoring using smart biosensors can decrease patients' referral to health centers up to 30% [Figure 1]. 
The high efficiency of wearable sensors in physical medicine and rehabilitation has been established in previous studies. ,
In Iran, researchers used metal nano-particles and designed a smart dress which can receive body's vital signs. Some sensors and processors are embedded in this dress by which body's vital signs such as heartbeat and temperature are received and reported to the physician in emergency and critical conditions. 
So, wearable biosensors with the capability of continuous monitoring of vital signs and feedback to the user will be significantly effective in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and on time control of diseases.
This article resulted from part of research project number 394496 funded by the vice chancellor for research of the School of Medical Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, as a master sciences thesis.
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This article resulted from part of a master thesis in the School of Medical Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
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The authors have no conflicts of interest.
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