Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 3605–3619 | Cite as

Development of an Ease-of-Use Remote Healthcare System Architecture Using RFID and Networking Technologies

  • Shih-Sung Lin
  • Min-Hsiung HungEmail author
  • Chang-Lung Tsai
  • Li-Ping Chou
Original Paper


The study aims to provide an ease-of-use approach for senior patients to utilize remote healthcare systems. An ease-of-use remote healthcare system (RHS) architecture using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and networking technologies is developed. Specifically, the codes in RFID tags are used for authenticating the patients’ ID to secure and ease the login process. The patient needs only to take one action, i.e. placing a RFID tag onto the reader, to automatically login and start the RHS and then acquire automatic medical services. An ease-of-use emergency monitoring and reporting mechanism is developed as well to monitor and protect the safety of the senior patients who have to be left alone at home. By just pressing a single button, the RHS can automatically report the patient’s emergency information to the clinic side so that the responsible medical personnel can take proper urgent actions for the patient. Besides, Web services technology is used to build the Internet communication scheme of the RHS so that the interoperability and data transmission security between the home server and the clinical server can be enhanced. A prototype RHS is constructed to validate the effectiveness of our designs. Testing results show that the proposed RHS architecture possesses the characteristics of ease to use, simplicity to operate, promptness in login, and no need to preserve identity information. The proposed RHS architecture can effectively increase the willingness of senior patients who act slowly or are unfamiliar with computer operations to use the RHS. The research results can be used as an add-on for developing future remote healthcare systems.


Remote healthcare system RFID Web services Automatic login Automatic services Emergency reporting mechanism 



Authentication and Authorization


Automatic Service Agent




AV Interaction Agent


Communication Agent


Data Query Agent




Emergency Monitoring Agent


Emergency Monitoring and Reporting


Emergency Monitoring and Reporting Agent


Graphical User Interface


Hypertext Transfer Protocol




Identification Agent


Multi-Language Vocal Prompt Agent


Personal Digital Assistant


Pre-Schedule Agent


Radio Frequency


Radio Frequency Identification


Remote Healthcare System


Regular Measurement Agent


System Database


Simple Object Access Protocol


Secure Socket Layer


User Management Agent


Extensible Markup Language



The authors would like to thank the National Science Council of the Republic of China (R.O.C.) for financially supporting this research under Contract No. NSC 98-2221-E-606-019 and NSC 100-2221-E-034-014. Many thanks are also given to Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, National Defense University, and Chinese Culture University (under Flying Geese Program), R.O.C., for financially supporting this research. This work is also financially supported by Advanced Institute of Manufacturing with High-tech Innovations (AIM-HI), Taiwan, R.O.C.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shih-Sung Lin
    • 1
  • Min-Hsiung Hung
    • 2
    Email author
  • Chang-Lung Tsai
    • 2
  • Li-Ping Chou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chung Cheng Institute of TechnologyNational Defense UniversityTaoyuanRepublic of China
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Information EngineeringChinese Culture UniversityTaipeiRepublic of China

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