Patient simulator: towards testing and validation.

Lo, Owen, Fan, Lu, Buchanan, William J, Thuemmler, Christoph, Khedim, Abou Sofyane, Lawson, Alistair, Uthmani, Omair and Bell, Derek (2011) Patient simulator: towards testing and validation. In: Pervasive Health 2011. ICST, Dublin.

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Live clinical trials of e-Health infrastructures require extensive testing and evaluation prior to legal and ethical approval. This paper presents the Patient Simulator, a method for simulating patient data catered towards evaluating e-Health infrastructures and services in regards to efficiency, reliability, security and scalability at an early stage without the need to use real patient data. Using discrete event based simulation in conjunction with random normal distribution techniques, preliminary prototyping of the Patient Simulator shows that it is capable of generating five vital physiological signs including heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, oxygen levels and respiration rate. In conducting a comparison of simulated heart rate against real-life heart rate samples, evaluation shows that this technique enables generation of values which resemble real life patients. Future work will be carried out to improve upon the methodology of patient simulation along with conducting comprehensive testing and validation of e-Health infrastructures.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: paper presented at 5th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies in Healthcare, 23-26 May 2011 Dublin Ireland
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patient Simulation; e-Health Evaluation; Patient Model; Discrete Event Simulation; Normal Distribution; Vital Physiological Sign Simulation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 4287
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 15:01
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2011 15:37

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