Using Intel® technologies to create a wireless sensor platform for hospitals

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    One of the latest technological advances in medical electronics is wireless patient monitoring.  During a patient’s stay, hospitals monitor a variety of vital signs using sensors attached to the body and connected to monitoring and other equipment.  Legacy systems use wired connections that in many situations can result in a tangled mess of sensor wires that restrict the patient’s movement and present obstacles that medical staff must contend with.  Replacing these wires with Bluetooth communications makes it easier for the staff to provide care and increased patient mobility can lead to a speedier recovery, ultimately resulting in enhanced healthcare.           


    Intel, LynuxWorks, and Portwell have combined efforts to deliver a proof of concept wireless reference platform that incorporates an Intel® Architecture-based COTS board from Portwell and LynuxWorks’ separation kernel and hypervisor software.   The solution can connect more than 25 wireless biometric sensors and supports rich graphics display.  Equally important, it leverages  hardware-assisted Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) to isolate and partition two different operating systems with their data and resources, and controls information flow between these partitions to ensure data integrity.


    For more information read the attached solutions brief,  “Unwiring the Patient.”