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The dramatically rising cost of healthcare, coupled with a growing population of seniors and people with disabilities, has spurred the need to improve the quality of healthcare services with limited financial and human resources. Monitoring the health of people in their homes and at hospitals and nursing homes has been widely proposed to address this challenge. Health monitoring generally involves a periodic transmission of routine vital signs - including electrocardiographic activity, blood pressure, pulse, body core temperature, and oxygen saturation - as well as alerting (emergency) signals when one or more vital signs exceed some predefined threshold.
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