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Type: Conference paper
Title: Towards falls prevention: a wearable wireless and battery-less sensing and automatic identification tag for real time monitoring of human movements
Author: Ranasinghe, D.
Shinmoto Torres, R.
Sample, A.
Smith, J.
Hill, K.
Visvanathan, R.
Citation: Engineering Innovation in Global Health: Proceedings of the 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, held in San Diego, August 28-September 1, 2012: pp. 6402-6405
Publisher: IEEE
Publisher Place: CD
Issue Date: 2012
Series/Report no.: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference Proceedings
ISBN: 1457717875
ISSN: 1557-170X
Conference Name: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (34th : 2012 : San Diego)
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Damith Chinthana Ranasinghe, Roberto Luis Shinmoto Torres, Alanson Sample, Joshua R. Smith, Keith Hill and Renuka Visvanathan
Abstract: Falls related injuries among elderly patients in hospitals or residents in residential care facilities is a significant problem that causes emotional and physical trauma to those involved while presenting a rising healthcare expense in countries such as Australia where the population is ageing. Novel approaches using low cost and privacy preserving sensor enabled Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology may have the potential to provide a low cost and effective technological intervention to prevent falls in hospitals. We outline the details of a wearable sensor enabled RFID tag that is battery free, low cost, lightweight, maintenance free and can be worn continuously for automatic and unsupervised remote monitoring of activities of frail patients at acute hospitals or residents in residential care. The technological developments outlined in the paper forms part of an overall technological intervention developed to reduce falls at acute hospitals or in residential care facilities. This paper outlines the details of the technology, underlying algorithms and the results (where an accuracy of 94-100% was achieved) of a successful pilot trial.
Keywords: RFID and NFC in health
wireless/ubiquitous technologies and systems
mobile and wearable technologies for the elderly
Rights: Copyright © 2012 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6347459
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