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.
These 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.
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.
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:
- FlowCloud IoT and cloud technology emerges in a world of challenges
- What is FlowCloud?
- PowerBox is a simple home control system that uses FlowCloud
- Creating secure electronic healthcare systems with FlowCloud
- Designing a full cloud music streaming service with FlowCloud
- How do I get started with FlowCloud?