Design and Evaluation of an Intelligent Remote Tidal Volume Variability Monitoring System in E-Health Applications

IEEE J Biomed Health Inform. 2015 Sep;19(5):1532-48. doi: 10.1109/JBHI.2015.2445783. Epub 2015 Jun 16.


A reliable long-term monitoring and diagnosis of breath disorders at an early stage provides an improvement of medical act, life expectancy, and quality of life while decreasing the costs of treatment and medical services. Therefore, a real-time unobtrusive monitoring of respiration patterns, as well as breath parameters, is a critical need in medical applications. In this paper, we propose an intelligent system for patient home care, capable of measuring respiration rate and tidal volume variability via a wearable sensing technology. The proposed system is designed particularly for the goal of diagnosis and treatment in patients with pathological breathing, e.g., respiratory complications after surgery or sleep disorders. The complete system was comprised of wearable calibrated accelerometer sensor, Bluetooth low energy, and cloud database. The experiments are conducted with eight subjects and the overall error in respiration rate calculation is obtained 0.29%±0.33% considering SPR-BTA spirometer as the reference. We also introduce a method for tidal volume variability estimation while validated using Pearson correlation. Furthermore, since it is essential to detect the critical events resulted from sudden rise or fall in per breath tidal volume of the patients, we provide a technique to automatically find the accurate threshold values based on each individual breath characteristics. Therefore, the system is able to detect the major changes, precisely by more than 98%, and provide immediate feedback such as sound alarm for round-the-clock respiration monitoring.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Algorithms
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Remote Sensing Technology / methods*
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Tidal Volume*
  • Young Adult