Electronic skin (e-skin) patches with biomonitoring sensors that adhere to the human epidermis are highly transformative in patient monitoring. These devices can collect and classify physiological and behavioral data, including heart, muscle, brain activities, respiration rate, body temperature, and blood oxygen. WoW proposes a novel architecture focused on untethered, simple, and low-cost printed biomonitoring stickers, not only to be used in patients but also in patients’ beds, that are equipped with a smart IoT unit. The bed-sticker connection allows for data acquisition and transmission and enables energy transmission to the stickers.
Keywords: Electronic skin (e-skin) patches · Wireless patient monitoring · IoT infrastructure
The WoW project will develop IoT solutions to monitor patients that will have a strong impact for all the involved stakeholders:
These solutions will contribute to placing Portugal as one of the first countries to demonstrate continuous wireless patient monitoring through patches with excellent signal quality. In the long term, it is expected to use these devices in-home care scenarios and pharmacies, giving an alternative to Hospital stays, enabling patients to stay home while fully monitored.
The project will focus on developing two mains components that will allow the untethered monitorization of patients:
Wireless Biomonitoring Sensor Patches for detection of:
IoT nodes for beds – Smart Box
The bed-sticker connection allows not only for data acquisition and transmission, but also enables energy transmission to the stickers. Each bed is an IoT node that communicates with Globalcare, a proprietary Hospital Information System developed by the project promoter – Glintt.