by David A
The article is about a mobile blood-glucose monitoring system for Diabetics. Diabetes is a very common metabolic disease that is most effectively controlled by proper food and nutrition. With more advanced level of diabetes, around the clock monitoring is required to ensure safe glucose levels are maintained. The device is designed to work with a remote Server running SQL Server, which stores nutrition data, personal information, personal physiological parameters, and a database of diet plans. The article mentions the hardware architecture of the device and goes into some technical detail of the components. The user interface is designed to receive input of individual physiological data along with personal daily diets and syncs with the server frequently to maintain accuracy and reliability of the information. The software can also query the historical data, print reports and analyze existing charts using stored data from the user-end.
This device is not a new invention. There are a few mobile blood-glucose devices out there. What makes this device different is its integration through a database server that stores history, nutrition plan and volume intake of a patient. Having this kind of information can help doctors in the ER in case of an emergency, and other physicians that could use the current and historical data to help their patients. Using a database is very clever because of scalability and reliability. You could store whatever information you feel pertinent to providing care to the patient.
This is another example of applying a database in the real world. Health Information Management System is a new field that is growing rapidly. I felt that it was important to share this article to give another example of how databases are being used in the medical industry.
Ying-Wen Bai and Da-Chieh Yang. “Mobile blood-glucose monitoring of an integrated health information management system.” IEEE Conference Publications (2012): 488-489. IEEE Xplore Digital Library. 13 Jan. 2012 – 16 Jan. 2012. Web. 13 May 2012. <http://0-ieeexplore.ieee.org.opac.library.csupomona.edu/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6161805>