Network modeling and Internet of things for smart and connected health systems—a case study for smart heart health monitoring and management

Hui Yang, Chen Kan, Alexander Krall, Daniel Finke

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Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the US. Recent advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) provide a great opportunity to realize smart and connected health systems through IoT monitoring and sensor-based data analytics of cardiac disorders. However, big data arising from the large-scale IoT system pose a significant challenge for efficient and effective sensory information processing and decision making. Very little has been done to glean pertinent information about the disease-altered cardiac activity in the context of large-scale IoT network. In this study, we propose a parallel computing framework for multi-level network modeling and monitoring of cardiac dynamics to realize the potential of IoT-enabled smart health management. Specifically, dissimilarities among cardiac signals are firstly characterized among heartbeats for an individual patient, as well as among representative heartbeats for different patients. Then, a stochastic learning approach is developed to optimize the embedding of cardiac signals into a beat-to-beat network model, as well as a patient-to-patient network model. Further, we develop a parallel computing algorithm to improve the computational efficiency. Finally, a statistical process monitoring scheme is designed to harness network features for real-time monitoring and anomaly detection of cardiac activities. Experimental results show the proposed methodology has strong potential to realize a smart and interconnected system for cardiac health management in the context of large-scale IoT network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
JournalIISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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