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Remote Monitoring Solution

Author: Wang XingHong

With the development of science and technology, monitoring is needed not only inside hospitals. Traditional doctor-face-to-face-with-patient diagnosis no longer satisfies peoples increasing demand of health care and it also needs improving in the usage of time and resources, which is a huge challenge to medical care industry. Luckily, wearable physiological detection technology emerges in the right moment. It can not only monitor for a long and continuous time, but also display user’s health condition and physiological information in real time, which helps doctors to regularly monitor users and conduct remote diagnosis.

Remote monitoring technology is a hot spot in recent tele-medical research and also a relatively weak link. Western countries are researching remote monitoring all along and China also starts to develop this technology in recent years. Remote monitoring can be defined as a mean to transmit physiological information and medical signals via communication network to monitoring center for medical workers to analyze and diagnose. Remote monitoring system generally contains three parts: monitoring center, remote monitoring devices and communication network. According to the requirements of Hunan Xiangya Hospital, Comen put forward the following solution:

Figure 1.1:Telemetry monitoring system structure

Figure 1:Telemetry monitoring system structure

1. Remote monitoring devices

According to monitoring subjects and purposes, there are various types of devices. They can be divided into three types based on their functions.

The first category is detecting and remote monitoring system for physiological parameters, such as Comen’s ECG machines, monitors and fetal monitors. This type of devices are the most widely used, which can help doctors learn the conditions of the subject and provide timely medical instruction. Physiological information monitored includes ECG, EEG, HR, BP, PR, RESP, SAP, SpO2, TEMP, GLU etc.

The second category is monitoring devices for daily activities, such as living facilities used in daily routines and when the subject is at active state like sitting, lying down and walking, mainly used in children, elder people and the disabled.

The third category is monitoring devices for nursing patients, such as urine monitoring device for paralyzed patients, which can save nursing staff lots of work.

2. Monitoring center

Monitoring center can be set in emergency center, social community hospital, central hospital and other places which gather medical workers. Its purpose is to receive medical information transmitted from the remote monitoring devices so as to provide multiple medical services to the faraway patients.

3. Communication networks

Communication networks that connect the monitoring center and the remote monitoring devices mainly include public switched telephone network (PSTN), interactive TV (ITV), integrated services digital network (ISDN), asymmetric digital subscriber line (ASDL), asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), microwave communication, satellite communication, cellular radio communication (global system for mobile communications [GSM]) etc.

Technologies supporting remote monitoring include sensor technology, medical telemetry technology, electronic technology, communication technology, computer technology and informatics etc.

Devices for monitoring system:

C30or first aid site, transport in and out of hospital, bedside monitoring in emergency wards, army rescue

C60 for neonatology

C80for ICU/CCU

C70/C90 module for anesthesia department and OR

C100 for cardiology

C20 for obstetrics

C100A/B for telemetry monitoring

8000serial for general wards

With the developing ward round monitor, our company's monitor products can completely cover the whole hospital's clinical monitoring.

Communication module:

Built-in WIFI module (inside hospital use only)

GPRS/CDMA/3G module optional (outside hospital use)

Server options:

IBM System x3850 X5(7143I19) x3850 X5(7143I19)


Six-core CPU

CPU model: E7-4807

CPU clock speed 1.86GHz

L3 cache 18M

CPU: 2 pieces (standard configuration)



RAM: 4×4G (standard configuration)


SAS disk interface

Disk 0G (standard configuration)

Memory controller M5015


Ethernet card 2×1000M

Maximum power 2×1975W

Memory Card × 2

Database selection

Oracle/SQL Servers are for you to choose based on user scale and maintenance ability. The built-in database engine can control right to access and process data quickly. Search engine can index data in the database, support inquiry under multiple conditions and response very fast. It is convenient to manage firewall logs and access to rules. It also facilitates database administrators and developers to manage database and write relevant SQL statements.

Devices selection for monitoring center

Monitoring center is mainly used by medical workers. One host can have four displays (16 patients each) so that 64 patients’ information can be seen at the same time.

Lenovo Qitian M4350(i5 3470/4GB/1TB)

Screen size: 19’’; CPU model: Intel Core i5 3470; CUP frequency: 3.2GHz; memory capacity: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz; disk capacity: 1TB 7200r, SATA2; graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6450, CD-ROM: DVD burner; operation system: DOS; PC type: desktop; discrete graphics; integrated audio system; 1000Mbps Ethernet card.

Galaxy GT610 MDT multiscreen graphics

Software system

Comen third generation START8800 Central Monitoring System is equipped with four 19’’ displays showing 64 beds which can easily expand to 128 beds. It not only provides professional central monitoring solution for ICU, CCU, NICU, obstetric wards and general wards, but can also be configured with powerful server forming a WAN for hospital monitoring system. It incorporates C/S B/S technology which enables data access via WEB anywhere. 128 bedside devices can be wired or wirelessly connected. The system is compatible with PACS, HL7 and HIS systems, enabling information sharing and peer review of cases in different wards.

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