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A literature review of transmission effectiveness and electromagnetic compatibility in home telemedicine environments to evaluate safety and security.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20815749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine already reported cases of transmission/reception failure and interferences to evaluate the safety and security of the new mobile home telemedicine systems.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The literature published in the last 10 years (1998-2009) has been reviewed, by searching in several databases. Searches on transmission effectiveness and electromagnetic compatibility were made manually through journals, conference proceedings, and also the healthcare technology assessment agencies' Web pages.
RESULTS: Search strategies developed through electronic databases and manual search identified a total of 886 references, with 44 finally being included in the results. They have been divided by technology in the transmission/reception effectiveness studies, and according to the type of medical device in the case of electromagnetic interferences studies.
CONCLUSIONS: The study reveals that there are numerous publications on telemedicine and home-monitoring systems using wireless networks. However, literature on effectiveness in terms of connectivity and transmission problems and electromagnetic interferences is limited. From the collected studies, it can be concluded that there are transmission failures, low-coverage areas, errors in the transmission of packets, and so on. Moreover, cases of serious interferences in medical instruments have also been reported. These facts highlight the lack of studies and specific recommendations to be followed in the implementation of biomonitoring systems in domestic environments using wireless networks.
Noemí Carranza; Victoria Ramos; Francisca G Lizana; Jorge García; Alejando del Pozo; José Luis Monteagudo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1556-3669     ISO Abbreviation:  Telemed J E Health     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-06     Completed Date:  2011-01-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100959949     Medline TA:  Telemed J E Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  818-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Telemedicine and eHealth Research Unit, Carlos III Health Institute, Madrid, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Computer Security / instrumentation*
Defibrillators, Implantable
Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
Electromagnetic Fields*
Equipment Safety
Home Care Services / organization & administration*
Telemedicine / instrumentation*,  organization & administration

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