Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 559–569 | Cite as

Development of a Portable Linux-Based ECG Measurement and Monitoring System

  • Tan-Hsu TanEmail author
  • Ching-Su Chang
  • Yung-Fa Huang
  • Yung-Fu Chen
  • Cheng Lee
Original Paper


This work presents a portable Linux-based electrocardiogram (ECG) signals measurement and monitoring system. The proposed system consists of an ECG front end and an embedded Linux platform (ELP). The ECG front end digitizes 12-lead ECG signals acquired from electrodes and then delivers them to the ELP via a universal serial bus (USB) interface for storage, signal processing, and graphic display. The proposed system can be installed anywhere (e.g., offices, homes, healthcare centers and ambulances) to allow people to self-monitor their health conditions at any time. The proposed system also enables remote diagnosis via Internet. Additionally, the system has a 7-in. interactive TFT-LCD touch screen that enables users to execute various functions, such as scaling a single-lead or multiple-lead ECG waveforms. The effectiveness of the proposed system was verified by using a commercial 12-lead ECG signal simulator and in vivo experiments. In addition to its portability, the proposed system is license-free as Linux, an open-source code, is utilized during software development. The cost-effectiveness of the system significantly enhances its practical application for personal healthcare.


Portable Linux-based ECG measurement and monitoring system Twelve-lead ECG signals Embedded Linux platform Open-source codes 



The authors would like to thank the National Science Council of the Republic of China, Taiwan for financially supporting this research under Contract No. NSC 97-2221-E-027-095. We would also like to thank TAINET Communication System Corp. and Biologic Technology Inc. for the paramount collaboration and commitment to this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tan-Hsu Tan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ching-Su Chang
    • 1
  • Yung-Fa Huang
    • 2
  • Yung-Fu Chen
    • 3
  • Cheng Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Information and Communication EngineeringChaoyang University of TechnologyTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Health Services AdministrationChina Medical UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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