Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Risso N.A., Neyem A., Benedetto J.I., Carrillo M.J., Farías A., Gajardo M.J. and Loyola O. (2016)

A cloud-based mobile system to improve respiratory therapy services at home

Revista : Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Volumen : 63
Páginas : 45-53
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Chronic respiratory diseases are one of the most prevalent health problems in the world. Treatment for these kind of afflictions often take place at home, where the continuous care of a medical specialist is frequently beyond the economical means of the patient, therefore having to rely on informal caregivers (family, friends, etc.). Unfortunately, these treatments require a deep involvement on their part, which results in a heavy burden on the caregivers’ routine and usually end up deteriorating their quality of life. In recent years, mHealth and eHealth applications have gained a wide interest in academia due to new capabilities enabled by the latest advancements in mobile technologies and wireless communication infrastructure. These innovations have resulted in several applications that have successfully managed to improve automatic patient monitoring and treatment and to bridge the distance between patients, caregivers and medical specialists. We therefore seek to move this trend forward by now pushing these capabilities into the field of respiratory therapies in order to assist patients with chronic respiratory diseases with their treatment, and to improve both their own and their caregivers’ quality of life. This paper presents a cloud-based mobile system to support and improve homecare for respiratory diseases. The platform described uses vital signs monitoring as a way of sharing data between hospitals, caregivers and patients. Using an iterative research approach and the user’s direct feedback, we show how mobile technologies can improve a respiratory therapy and a family’s quality of life.