I am Wali, a PhD student in IT. I am preparing my research proposal in eHealth domain; precisely speaking, a e-Health home for heart attack patients.
It is said that,50% of the death could be prevented if the treatment given within 1 hour. It is also said that, the patient itself is not so sure about his/her fatal disease; they does not know clearly about symptoms.
So, as a PhD proposal, i am thinking about a software: If there is a system at home,if it can monitor person with body sensor or environmental sensor and tell her/him that danger is at the corner , go to hospital immediately!(even ready to give automatic alert to respective emergency center with patients permission)
Then, the death could be prevented.
What do you think about this? is this sort of software is already developed?
Except this, what kind of Software should be developed for heart attack patients based on your experience?
What signs are you going to monitor and how? Heart rate, oxygen saturation (O2 sats by pulse ox), blood pressure, what? These are going to require the patient to continually wear electrodes, BP cuff, pulse ox detector. Patients are not going to want to wear all of this all of the time. So, do you go to just periodic monitoring? When would that be. On schedule or just when symptoms show up?
What parameters are you going to use as the trigger for reporting a problem? If they are too general, you are going to have a lot of unnecessary trips to the ER and ambulance runs. If it is too specific, it is going to be difficult to monitor and you may miss some of the softer signs.
This type of program has been thought about in cardiology departments across the world, for some time now. The above problems have always gotten in the way of a realistic, real world application.