Smart hospital emergency system: Via mobile-based requesting services

Mohammed Al-khafajiy, Hoshang Kolivand, Thar Baker, David Tully, Atif Waraich

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In recent years, the UK’s emergency call and response has shown elements of great strain as of today. The strain on emergency call systems estimated by a 9 million calls (including both landline and mobile) made in 2014 alone. Coupled with an increasing population and cuts in government funding, this has resulted in lower percentages of emergency response vehicles at hand and longer response times. In this paper, we highlight the main challenges of emergency services and overview of previous solutions. In addition, we propose a new system call Smart Hospital Emergency System (SHES). The main aim of SHES is to save lives through improving communications between patient and emergency services. Utilising the latest of technologies and algorithms within SHES is aiming to increase emergency communication throughput, while reducing emergency call systems issues and making the process of emergency response more efficient. Utilising health data held within a personal smartphone, and internal tracked data (GPU, Accelerometer, Gyroscope etc.), SHES aims to process the mentioned data efficiently, and securely, through automatic communications with emergency services, ultimately reducing communication bottlenecks. Live video-streaming through real-time video communication protocols is also a focus of SHES to improve initial communications between emergency services and patients. A prototype of this system has been developed. The system has been evaluated by a preliminary usability, reliability, and communication performance study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20087-20111
Number of pages25
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2019

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  • e-Health
  • Emergency
  • Emergency delay
  • Emergency systems
  • m-Health
  • Mobile health
  • Smart hospital
  • WebRTC


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