BANip: Enabling Remote Healthcare Monitoring with Body Area Networks

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Abstract

This paper presents a Java service platform for mobile healthcare that enables remote health monitoring using 2.5/3G public wireless networks. The platform complies with today’s healthcare delivery models, in particular it incorporates some functionality of a healthcare call center, a healthportal for patients that aggregates healthcare services from collaborative care centers. Our service platform simplifies the development of mobile healthcare applications, because application developers are shielded from the complexity of communicating with mobile devices over 2.5/3G networks. In this paper we focus on the (BAN) interconnect protocol (BANip) which is our solution to extend the local services offered by a Body Area Network (BAN) to remote healthcare center.