Date Added: May 2012
Body Sensor Networks (also known as bodynets or Body Area Networks) have the potential to revolutionize healthcare monitoring. These networks are comprised of wearable devices with attached sensors that can measure various physiological and environmental signals. Bodynet devices communicate wirelessly with networked gateways (mobile phones, computers and PDAs) which store, analyze and communicate vital information in real-time. A Bodynet can be designed to immediately alert emergency personnel to a critical situation like a heart attack or a debilitating fall. Bodynets can also help physicians catch warning signs of a disease earlier or remotely monitor the progress of a recovering surgery patient.