Telemonitoring Techniques for Lung Volume Measurement: Accuracy, Artifacts and Effort

Front Digit Health. 2020 Sep 17;2:559483. doi: 10.3389/fdgth.2020.559483. eCollection 2020.


Telemonitoring becomes more important in pulmonary research. It can be used to decrease the pressure on the health care system, to lower the costs of health care and to increase quality of life of patients. Previous studies show contradictory results regarding the effectiveness of telemonitoring. According to multiple researchers, inefficiency can be a result of poor study design, low data quality and usability issues. To counteract these issues, this review proves for an in-depth explanation of four (potential) telemonitoring systems in terms of work principle, accuracy, disturbing factors and usability. The evaluated systems are portable spirometry/breath-by-breath analyzers, respiratory inductance and magnetic plethysmography and electrical impedance tomography. These insights can be used to select the optimal technique for a specific purpose in future studies.

Keywords: Lung volumes; Telemonitoring; accuracy; artifacts; effort.

Publication types

  • Review