SMART: Scalable Medical Alert and Response Technology
30 April 2006
A group of researchers at the Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working together to develop SMART: Scalable Medical Alert and Response Technology, a system for patient tracking and monitoring that begins at the emergency site and continues through transport, triage, stabilization, and transfer between external sites and health care facilities as well as within a health care facility. The system is based on a scalable location-aware monitoring architecture, with remote transmission from medical sensors and display of information on personal digital assistants, detection logic for recognizing events requiring action, and logistic support for optimal response. Patients and providers, as well as critical medical equipment will be located by SMART on demand, and remote alerting from the medical sensors can trigger responses from the nearest available providers. The emergency department at the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston will serve as the testbed for initial deployment, refinement, and evaluation of SMART.
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