An IoT System for Remote Health Monitoring in Elderly Adults Through a Wearable Device and Mobile Application

Geriatrics (Basel). 2019 May 7;4(2):34. doi: 10.3390/geriatrics4020034.


With the increase in global life expectancy and the advance of technology, the creation of age-friendly environments is a priority in the design of new products for elderly people healthcare. This paper presents a proposal for a real-time health monitoring system of older adults living in geriatric residences. This system was developed to help caregivers to have a better control in monitoring the health of their patients and have closer communication with their patients' family members. To validate the feasibility and effectiveness of this proposal, a prototype was built, using a biometric bracelet connected to a mobile application, which allows real-time visualization of all the information generated by the sensors (heart rate, body temperature, and blood oxygenation) in the bracelet. Using these data, caregivers can make decisions about the health status of their patients. The evaluation found that the users perceived the system to be easy to learn and use, providing initial evidence that our proposal could improve the quality of the adult's healthcare.

Keywords: Internet of Things; nursing homes; older adults; wearable computing.