Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 341–362 | Cite as

An infrastructure for smart hospitals

  • Gennaro Della Vecchia
  • Luigi Gallo
  • Massimo Esposito
  • Antonio Coronato


In healthcare facilities most of the daily activities require strict coordination between clinicians, who often operate under heavy workloads and minimal workforce conditions in environments filled with increasingly complex technology. Ubiquitous Computing applications constitute a suitable solution for both reducing medical costs and improving patient safety by better supporting clinical processes. In this study we introduce an intelligent infrastructure for smart hospitals which implements basic services to optimize medical staff/patient interactions and grants ubiquitous and transparent access to clinical data stored in standard clinical databases. This infrastructure relies on the integration of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) and photosensor technologies to identify, locate and track clinicians and patients equipped with mobile devices and wearable RFID tags.


Pervasive access eHospitals RFID systems Photosensors Context-aware services Service Oriented Architecture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gennaro Della Vecchia
    • 1
  • Luigi Gallo
    • 1
  • Massimo Esposito
    • 1
  • Antonio Coronato
    • 1
  1. 1.ICAR-CNR - National Research Council of ItalyNaplesItaly

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