The need for standardized tests to evaluate the reliability of data transport in wireless medical systems

By Fernandez-Lopez, H.; Afonso, J.A.; Correia, J.H.; Simoes, R.

Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering

2012

Abstract

Wireless medical systems are comprised of four stages, namely the medical device, the data transport, the data collection and the data evaluation stages. Whereas the performance of the first stage is highly regulated, the others are not. This paper concentrates on the data transport stage and argues that it is necessary to establish standardized tests to be used by medical device manufacturers to provide comparable results concerning the communication performance of the wireless networks used to transport medical data. Besides, it suggests test parameters and procedures to be used to produce comparable communication performance results.

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