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Medical Wearables for Monitoring Cardiovascular Disease

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2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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April 6, 2018

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April 6, 2018

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April 7, 2018

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Timothy Matthew Murray Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Class of 2020 undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student with a Computer Science minor at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society Wentworth Student Chapter, and a student member of the Medical Development Group-Boston. Research interests include wearable sensors, medical devices, Big Data, and A.I. in healthcare.

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Shankar Muthu Krishnan Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Dr. Shankar Krishnan is the founding chair of the Biomedical Engineering program and an endowed chair professor at Wentworth Institute in Boston since 2008. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Rhode Island with research work done at Rhode Island Hospital. Previously, he was an assistant director at Massachusetts General Hospital (a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School) in Boston. He has also held faculty appointments in Illinois, Miami and Singapore. At NTU in Singapore, he was the founding director of the BME Research Center and the founding head of the Bioengineering division. He was the Principal Investigator for several Biomedical Engineering projects. He also worked in R&D at Coulter Electronics in Miami and in hospital design and operations management at Bechtel for healthcare megaprojects. He has served in the National Medical Research Council in Singapore. His research interests are biomedical signals and image processing, telemedicine, medical robotics and BME education. Dr. Krishnan has co-edited the text “Advances in Cardiac Signal Processing”, and published numerous papers in conference proceedings, journal papers and book chapters. He has been developing novel models in BME curriculum design, labs, interdisciplinary project-based learning, co-ops, internships and undergraduate research. Recently he served on the NSF Advisory Committee on Virtual Communities of Practice. He keeps active memberships in AAMI, ASEE, ASME, BMES, IEEE, BMES, IFMBE, and ASME. He was selected to join Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, and the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected as a Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and he was a member of a team which received the CIMIT Kennedy Innovation Award in Boston.

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Medical Wearables for Monitoring Cardiovascular Diseases Tim Murray and Shankar Krishnan Ph.D. Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston ,Ma.

Millions of deaths occur each year due to cardiovascular diseases. By improving the management of care for patients with heart diseases, fatalities can be reduced. Innovations in wearable technologies are aiding in monitoring cardiac patients and managing their care more effectively. The objective of this paper is to review current wearable devices that measure pertinent parameters for patients with cardiovascular disease, highlight some of the challenges, and make suggestions to overcome the challenges. Signals for monitoring cardiovascular disease include heart rate, blood pressure, and electrocardiogram. The ability for patient data to be collected and delivered to preset destinations wirelessly adds power in improving care management. Challenges facing wearables include data security and regulatory approval. A few suggestions to overcome the challenges are proposed. In conclusion, the use of wearables enables better monitoring of cardiac patients, facilitating communication with clinicians thereby rendering care management to be more effective. The growth of wearable technology leads to faster response, reduced hospital visits, and greater health literacy leading to better patient outcomes. Future applications will lead to enhancement of overall heart disease monitoring and care. Some challenges facing wearables include data security, regulatory approval, and clinical validation. In conclusion, the use of wearables enables better monitoring of pertinent parameters of cardiac patients, which facilitates timely communication with their clinicians thereby rendering the care management to be more effective.

Murray, T. M., & Krishnan, S. M. (2018, April), Medical Wearables for Monitoring Cardiovascular Disease Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--29467

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