What is it about?
This book chapter is part of the "Handbook of Biomedical Telemetry" (IEEE/Wiley, 2014) and covers wearable health care system applications of biomedical telemetry. It begins with a review of the ways in which wearable sensors can be used for both critical and non-critical monitoring of physiological signals, before surveying some of the main wireless technologies available for use "on-body". It concludes with three application examples.
Why is it important?
Wearable technology has seen rapid growth in recent years, with fitness trackers, smart watches, and other consumer devices becoming increasingly popular. This is paralleled by such movements as "the quantified self" and "hack your health", and builds on trends for medical devices to become wearable as well. This chapter covers key aims and objectives to be met by wearable devices for health applications, and how various issues may require trade-offs.
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