A network-assisted flow mobility architecture for optimized mobile medical multimedia transmission

Abstract

A large part of mobile Health (mHealth) use-cases such as remote patient monitoring/diagnosis, teleconsultation, and guided surgical intervention requires advanced and reliable mobile communication solutions to provide efficient multimedia transmission with strict medical level Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) provision. The increasing deployment of overlapping wireless access networks enables the possibility to offer the required network resources for ubiquitous and pervasive mHealth services. To address the challenges and support the above use-cases in today’s heterogeneous network (HetNet) environments, we propose a network-assisted flow-based mobility management architecture for optimized real-time mobile medical multimedia communication. The proposed system is empirically evaluated in a Pan-European HetNet testbed with multi-access Android-based mobile devices. We observed that the proposed scheme significantly improves the objective QoE of simultaneous real-time high-resolution electrocardiography and high-definition ultrasound transmissions while also enhances traffic load balancing capabilities of wireless architectures.

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Acknowledgments

The work leading to these results has been partly funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme ([FP7/2007-2013]) under grant agreement n 288502 (FP7-ICT CONCERTO project). The research received significant support from the Mátyásföldi Klinika, one of Budapest’s most respected diagnostic clinics. The authors are especially grateful for the discussions and information provided by 5D ultrasound specialist obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Med. István Fábián, obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Med. András Bokor, and medical IT infrastructure expert István Ficsór.

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Varga, N., Bokor, L. & Piri, E. A network-assisted flow mobility architecture for optimized mobile medical multimedia transmission. Ann. Telecommun. 71, 489–502 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12243-016-0501-3

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Keywords

  • mHealth
  • Mobile medical multimedia
  • Medical video quality assessment
  • Flow mobility
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Dynamic network discovery and selection
  • Cross-layer optimization