The development of an obstetric tele-monitoring system

B. Vermeulen-Giovagnoli, C. Peters, B. van der Hout, M. Mischi, C. van Pul, W. Cottaar, G. Oei

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Abstract

Fetal growth restriction and preterm uterine contractions can turn a normal pregnancy into a problematic one. In previous work, we have developed a system for electrophysiological measurement of fetal heart rate (fHR), fetal electrocardiogram (fECG) and (premature) uterine contractions to enable early detection of foetal problems. In this work we have expanded this system into a tele-monitoring system for measurement at home. In order to permit home monitoring, the communication chain of the data has to be designed such that home-measured signals (fHR, fECG, uterine activities) are available in the hospital in real-time. Furthermore, the data must be transferred wirelessly to any location (worldwide) for interpretation by gynaecologists. A web application helps the gynaecologist or midwife to access the signals everywhere, provided that internet access is available. We developed a webserver as the heart of the entire system; it manages the patient database, transforms the signals in a graphical representation similar to that of the cardiotocography and manages the data communication with the proper data security policy. This tele-monitoring system can be used also during home deliveries enabling prompt transfer and proper intervention in the hospital when complications occur
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages177-180
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-9270-1
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Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2015
Event37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - "MiCo" , Milan, Italy
Duration: 25 Aug 201529 Aug 2015
Conference number: 37
https://www.embs.org/events/37th-annual-international-conference-of-the-ieee-engineering-in-medicine-and-biology-society/
http://embc.embs.org/2015/

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Conference37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
Abbreviated titleEMBC2015
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period25/08/1529/08/15
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Vermeulen-Giovagnoli, B., Peters, C., van der Hout, B., Mischi, M., van Pul, C., Cottaar, W., & Oei, G. (2015). The development of an obstetric tele-monitoring system. In Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS (pp. 177-180). [7318329] Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2015.7318329