The design of a lowcost remote health monitoring system

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Accessing remote health care from public hospitals in Ghana has become more difficult and expensive recently due to the increasing number of patients that surpass the low number of doctors in the country. Many people have lost their lives waiting in long vital checking lines just to take their vitals in some hospitals. However, with the help of the Internet of Things (IoT), this report provides a design of a low-cost remote health monitoring system for patients with chronic diseases who need frequent health monitoring. This system was designed and fabricated using a Wi-Fi module on a microcontroller, a temperature sensor, and a web application. It provides a more convenient and cost-effective remote transmission of health vitals to public hospital administrators. During testing, a patient logged on to the web application and took the vitals using the system’s temperature sensor. The new temperature readings were received by the hospital administrator successfully at very low costs with total convenience which made the system fully functional as intended. The system will be further developed by adding more medical sensors to make it able to capture other more vitals. As better technologies will be integrated into the proceeding versions of this system, in the long run, it will improve on the quality of remote health care provided in the country
Capstone Project submitted to the Department of Engineering, Ashesi University in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, April 2019
rural health, remote health monitoring system, sensing device, mobile gateway, web-based application