A wireless wellness monitor for personal weight management

Juha Pärkkä, Mark van Gils, Timo Tuomisto, Ilkka Korhonen, Raimo Lappalainen

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Abstract

Despite increasing possibilities for the citizen to play a more active role in personal health management, use of Internet-based health applications remains limited. Poor usability, limited personalization, and problems with security and accessibility often frustrate a continued use. This paper presents a possible solution by actively using wireless communications and ad-hoc networking techniques to minimize the user's efforts in using the application. Overweight is a widespread and increasing problem in western countries. There are indications that self-monitoring combined with guidelines provide a good basis for personal weight management. The wireless wellness monitor implements a self-monitoring and guidance system using Bluetooth- and Jini-based networking. A scale, heart rate monitor, mobile terminal (personal digital assistant or WAP-enabled digital cellular phone), and home server communicate locally via Bluetooth. Internet-based communications take care of remote use. The set-up allows us to investigate the behavior and use cases based on equipment and protocols that are expected to be in general use in the coming years. Thus, the system provides a useful testbed for evaluating new techniques that may bring personal health management to a new level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ITAB-ITIS 2000
Subtitle of host publicationInformation Technology Applications in Biomedicine
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Pages83-88
ISBN (Print)0-7803-6449-X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE EMBS International Conference on Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine, ITAB-ITIS 2000: Joint Meeting Third IEEE EMBS International Conference on Information Technology - Arlington, United States
Duration: 9 Nov 200010 Nov 2000

Conference

ConferenceIEEE EMBS International Conference on Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine, ITAB-ITIS 2000
Abbreviated titleITAB-ITIS 2000
CountryUnited States
CityArlington
Period9/11/0010/11/00

Keywords

  • self-monitoring
  • home health care
  • wireless communications
  • Bluetooht
  • Jini

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    Pärkkä, J., van Gils, M., Tuomisto, T., Korhonen, I., & Lappalainen, R. (2000). A wireless wellness monitor for personal weight management. In Proceedings of ITAB-ITIS 2000: Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine (pp. 83-88). IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/ITAB.2000.892354