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MU Researchers Use Sensors to Sync Health Information between Homes and Hospitals

June 12, 2014

Marjorie Skubic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at MU, is part of a team working to develop an in-home health monitoring and alert system that streams patients’ individualized health information between home and hospital.

Story By: MU News Bureau

“Consider an elderly man who lives alone and falls and breaks his shoulder; when he falls, the system of sensors detects his fall and sends for help immediately,” said Marjorie Skubic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering in the MU College of Engineering. “Additionally, the physicians could evaluate video of the fall captured by the sensors to determine how the man fell or what led to the fall. The fall data also helps medical professionals educate the patient on how to prevent similar falls in the future.”

Skubic said the technology she and her colleagues are developing would give adult children and other caregivers peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are monitored and will receive help if needed.

“In the system we’re developing, the home and hospital devices would be interconnected, which would allow more coordinated care with lower risk of complications,” Skubic said. “As patients transfer between care units, sensor data are automatically delivered to their bedsides by the integrated healthcare platform. When patients return home, the system continues to track their activity, behaviors and vital signs and send alerts if health changes are detected.” More…