Experiences with context management in emergency medicine

Rita H. Wouhaybi, Mark D. Yarvis, Sangita Sharma, Philip Muse, Chieh Yih Wan, Sai Prasad, Lenitra Durham, Ritu Sahni, Robert Norton, Merlin Curry, Holly Jimison, Richard Harper, Robert A. Lowe

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In emergency medicine, patient care is intense and stressful, often requiring paramedics to consult with remote physicians to convey the patient's condition. We present a framework for context-management in telemedicine developed in collaboration between engineers, physicians, and paramedics.We describe a mobile platform and embedded wireless sensors to capture physiological and audio context into a comprehensive patient record, accessible locally and remotely. We describe a first evaluation of this technology by trained paramedics in simulated scenarios and evaluate key aspects of system performance. Early results suggest that wireless sensing can provide reliable and low latency data both locally and to remote physicians. In addition, audio context capture is a promising approach to capturing a comprehensive patient record, with a low rate of medically important errors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100
JournalTransactions on Embedded Computing Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Contextaware systems
  • Emergency medicine application
  • Open platform
  • Sensor networks
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture


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