Personalized alerts for patients with COPD using pulse oximetry and symptom scores

Syed Ahmar Shah, Carmelo Velardo, Oliver J Gibson, Heather Rutter, Andrew Farmer, Lionel Tarassenko

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Abstract / Description of output

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive chronic disease, predicted to become the third leading cause of death by 2030. COPD patients are at risk of sudden and acute worsening of symptoms, reducing the patient's quality of life and leading to hospitalization. We present the results of a pilot study with 18 COPD patients using an m-Health system, based on a tablet computer and pulse oximeter, for a period of six months. For prioritizing patients for clinical review, a data-driven approach has been developed which generates personalized alerts using the electronic symptom diary, pulse rate, blood oxygen saturation, and respiratory rate derived from oximetry data. This work examines the advantages of multivariate novelty detection over univariate approaches and shows the benefit of including respiratory rate as a predictor.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-7929-0
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2014
Event36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE-Engineering-in-Medicine-and-Biology-Society - Chicago, United States
Duration: 26 Aug 201430 Aug 2014

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1094-687X
ISSN (Electronic)1558-4615


Conference36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE-Engineering-in-Medicine-and-Biology-Society
Abbreviated titleEMBC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Aged
  • Algorithms
  • Area Under Curve
  • Chronic Disease
  • Clinical Alarms
  • Computers, Handheld
  • Female
  • Heart Rate
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Oximetry/methods
  • Oxygen/blood
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive/physiopathology
  • Quality of Life
  • Respiratory Rate
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Software
  • User-Computer Interface


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