These blog articles explore the potential of FlowCloud by offering several real-world examples, from home control systems or healthcare to fully-fledged music subscription services.

Electronic healthcare systems are gaining in popularity, not just within the home environment where remote monitoring can reduce the necessity for a patient to regularly visit their doctor, but also for patient care within hospitals and emergency rooms. For these types of application high integrity, security and privacy of data are primary considerations. FlowCloud makes it easy.

Electronic healthcare systems need to be secure and reliable

In this example, the device itself takes the form of a medical patch worn by the patient which provides live monitoring of vital signs including respiration, heartbeat and body temperature. Each patch has a unique identifier which is used to enable security of the service by creating keys for encryption of data; the identifier is also assigned to the patient healthcare records, in effect creating a secure and trusted relationship between the physical world and digital domains – in this case between the patient and the data being generated by the patch.

FlowCloud - e-health patchThese are the Toumaz SensiumVitals® systems for wireless monitoring of patient vital signs in hospitals

FlowCloud enables multiple streams of data from the patch, itself having multiple sensors, to be directly and securely associated with each patient. It delivers live monitoring of all the vital signs through a PC, tablet or web-based application; this can be achieved within the hospital environment or remotely over the Internet via encrypted connections. Thresholds can be established on each of the data streams independently by healthcare professionals, with events or alarms triggered if values go above or below acceptable limits.

The status of the patch itself may also be tracked via FlowCloud, from initial use through to disposal: for example, confirming that there is sufficient battery life remaining or verifying that the patch is being worn by the patient and is within wireless range.

 FlowCloud - e-healthElectronic healthcare delivered via FlowCloud patient monitoring applications

Aggregation of the data sets within FlowCloud enables the results to be collated from a potentially limitless number of patches, any or all of which can be presented to healthcare professionals via connected mobile apps or otherwise submitted to data analytics engines to derive and evaluate trends across a population of patients. All data sets are securely stored and managed at Imagination’s purpose-built FlowCloud data centre.

Further information

Want to know more? You’ll find further information on FlowCloud via the dedicated developer portal at http://flow.imgtec.com/developers/; this series will include the following articles which will be published over the following weeks:

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About the author: Simon Forrest

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Simon Forrest is Director of Segment Marketing for Imagination Technologies, responsible for promoting the company’s class-leading graphics, display and communications IP and establishing partnerships with OEMs, service operators and companies operating within the home consumer electronics sector. A graduate in Computer Science from the University of York, Simon possesses over 20 years’ experience in broadcast and broadband technologies and is author of several patents. Prior to joining Imagination, Simon held senior technical management positions within Pace plc.

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