The Wearable-Mobile Electro-cardiogram Monitoring System is a portable system that monitors a personís ECG signal. The WMEMS provides patients and healthcare professionals with a straightforward and cost effective means of monitoring a patientís heart throughout the day. Using a wearable form factor called a Floegleaux coupled with a TI MSP430, the WMEMS samples the patient's EKG signal, sends it their cell phone through Bluetooth, and then transmits it to the hospital. The WMEMS is designed to be worn through an entire 8 hour day. This allows health care professionals to monitor the patient's heart during their daily activities. Furthermore, it is designed to be a low cost solution, with a target price of under $100, making it accessible to both patients and researchers.
The target system has several goals: extended battery life, reasonable resolution, wearability, and real-time access to the information. In order to meet these requirements, the W-MEMS uses a three-tier design, consisting of three main components: a sensor board, a PDA or Smartphone, and a central server. The sensor board receives data from electrodes wired to it, sends the information via Bluetooth to the phone, and the phone forwards it to the central server using HTTP POST over IEEE 802.11 wireless or General Packet Radio Services (GPRS).