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Scoring System Approach for Assessment of Critical Illness using Mobile Phones

Author(s): Karupothula Madhavi Latha | Shiramshetty Gouthami | P.Ranjith Kumar

Journal: International Journal of Distributed and Parallel Systems
ISSN 2229-3957

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 341;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Scoring System | Arterial Blood Gas | Early Warning Score | Glasgow Coma Scale | Hospital Server | Mobile Phone programming | Remote Monitoring | telemonitoring.

This paper demonstrates the use of mobile phones in assessing the illness of patients by developing a Scoring Systemwhere medical practitioners (often nurses) collect various physiological signals like ECG, EEG, SpO2, temperature, continuous blood pressure and subjective parameters like level of pain, level of alertness, awareness, behavioral responses etc. After taking the data, a scoring system is utilized for early detection of critical illnesses. The mechanism of scoring is performed either manually, where the medical practitioner ticks on to a scoring board or is automated by relocating the information from scoring board to a PC, where the software performs the scoring calculation. In the proposed system, the medical practitioner inputs the parameters directly on to their mobile phone by collecting the parameters fromthe patient. The score is automatically calculated by miniature java based software running inside themobile phone. Based on the score, level of urgency is determined by the intelligent program. At the end, specialists are contacted automatically by messaging services. Moreover, the results of the scoring are transmitted to the hospital server. Therefore, assistance from civilians with mobile phone based medical intelligence can save precious life.

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