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  • 1.
    Hellström, Per Anders Rickard
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
    Wireless Wearable Measurement System Based on Pedobarography for Monitoring of Health2016Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Health care costs have increased over the last decades due to an ageing population. Therefore, research in personal health monitoring (PHM) has increased in response to this. PHM has advantages such as mobility (monitoring of health at work or at home), early detection of health problems enabling preventive health measures and a reduction of health care cost. Human motion analysis, using for example inertial measurement units and pedobarography, is an important subcategory of PHM. Pedobarography (PBG) is the study of pressure fields acting between the plantar surface of the foot and a supporting surface. Gait and posture analysis, prosthetics evaluation and monitoring of recovery from injury or disease are examples of PBG applications. Portable PBG can be performed using force sensing resistors built into the insole inside the shoe.

    In accordance with this, the research goal for this licentiate thesis is to design, build and evaluate a wireless wearable measurement system based on pedobarography for monitoring of health. In order to fulfil the objectives of the research, literature studies were done and problems with existing in-shoe system solutions were identified. Thus, it was found that further opportunities existed for new designs of PBG systems which take these problems into account. Cross-sectional test case studies were used for validation. The research area is multidisciplinary and encompasses biomedical measurements, electronics and computer science.

    The main research contributions include design and implementation of a PBG measurement system consisting of commercial off the shelf components, a novel method for selecting measurement samples for weight estimation of carried load during walk, and a novel method for analysing walking intensity using force-time integrals at the toe-off phase of the step. The research results suggest that the new PBG system, in combination with the two novel analysing methods, are suitable for use in wearable systems for monitoring of health. Personal health measurements are done to help decision making related to health. Thus, the future work will strive towards designing different decision support systems.

  • 2.
    Kristoffersson, Annica
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
    Lindén, Maria
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
    A Systematic Review on the Use of Wearable Body Sensors for Health Monitoring: A Qualitative Synthesis2020In: Sensors, ISSN 1424-8220, E-ISSN 1424-8220, Vol. 20, no 5, article id 1502Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of wearable body sensors for health monitoring is a quickly growing field with the potential of offering a reliable means for clinical and remote health management. This includes both real-time monitoring and health trend monitoring with the aim to detect/predict health deterioration and also to act as a prevention tool. The aim of this systematic review was to provide a qualitative synthesis of studies using wearable body sensors for health monitoring. The synthesis and analysis have pointed out a number of shortcomings in prior research. Major shortcomings are demonstrated by the majority of the studies adopting an observational research design, too small sample sizes, poorly presented, and/or non-representative participant demographics (i.e., age, gender, patient/healthy). These aspects need to be considered in future research work.

  • 3.
    Tomasic, Ivan
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
    Petrovic, Nikola
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
    Lindén, Maria
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
    Rashkovska, A.
    Jožef Stefan Institute, Department of Communication Systems, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    Comparison of publicly available beat detection algorithms performances on the ECGs obtained by a patch ECG device2019In: 2019 42nd International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics, MIPRO 2019 - Proceedings, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2019, p. 275-278Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Eight ECG beat detection algorithms, from the PhysioNet's WFDB and Cardiovascular Signal toolboxes, were tested on twenty measurements, obtained by the Savvy patch ECG device, for their accuracy in beat detection. On each subject, one measurement is obtained while sitting and one while running. Each measurement lasted from thirty seconds to one minute. The measurements obtained while running were more challenging for all the algorithms, as most of them almost perfectly detected all the beats on the measurements obtained in sitting position. However, when applied on the measurements obtained while running, all the algorithms have performed with decreased accuracy. Considering overall percentage of the faulty detected peaks, the four best algorithms were jqrs, from the Cardiovascular Signal Toolbox, and ecgpuwave, gqrs, and wqrs, from the WFDB Toolbox, with percentages of faulty detected beats 1.7, 2.3, 2.9, and 3, respectively. 

  • 4.
    Trobec, R.
    et al.
    Department of Communication Systems, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    Jan, M.
    Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    Lindén, Maria
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
    Tomasic, Ivan
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
    Detection and Treatment of Atrial Irregular Rhythm with Body Gadgets and 35-channel ECG2019In: 2019 42nd International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics, MIPRO 2019 - Proceedings, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2019, p. 301-308Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The atrial irregular rhythm, often reflected in atrial fibrillation, undulation or flutter, is recognized as one of the major causes of brain stroke and entails an increased risk of thromboembolic events because it increases the likelihood of blood clots formation. Its early detection is becoming an increasingly important preventive measure. The paper presents a simple methodology for the detection of atrial irregular rhythm by ECG body gadget that can perform long-term measurements, e.g. several weeks or more. Multichannel ECG, on the body surface, gives a more detailed insight into the atrial activity in comparison to standard 12-lead ECG. The information from MECG is compared with single-channel patch ECG. The obtained results suggest that the proposed methodology could be useful in treatments of atrial irregular rhythm. One can obtain a reliable information about the time and duration of fibrillation events, or determine arrhythmic focuses and conductive pathways in heart atria, or study the effects of antiarrhythmic drugs on existing arrhythmias and on an eventual development of new types of arrhythmias. 

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