Abstract— In this paper, we assess the viability of a solution using a digital stethoscope, together with cordless Bluetooth technology for the comfort of use and the telecommunication means and technology to offer a cost / performance ratio that makes it applicable to Doctor markets (eStetho). We also assess the development of a telemedicine solution: BlueHealth project, in relation with this electronic stethoscope. The described solution allows for: 1) Collection, cleaning and record of physiological data in streaming mode; with primary focus on auscultation sounds for lung and heart analysis; 2) Formatting xml based metadata to carry administrative information related to the patient, to the practitioner, to the device, to the institution, etc., together with physiological data; 3) Transmission of data (protection, confidentiality, access rights, sharing, etc.); 4) Processing (signal processing) of the data for diagnostic help; and 5) Multimedia communication, with audio over IP and display of the record on IPTouch or any other xml compatible device.
Keywords— Telemedicine; Auscultation; Stethoscope; Use case; Bluetooth.
Authors contributions— This work was carried out in collaboration between all authors. Authors EA, SR and RG designed and wrote the project. Authors EA, SR and RG managed the development of the project and the experimentation. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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