KAIST ‘Smart Mobile Healthcare Innovation’
The Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Welcomes Dr. M
In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution shaped by convergent technologies, what future societies would look like? One of the answers is smart mobile healthcare services involving a process of analyzing biosignals collected from various sensors and providing real-time users with customized service for health improvement. Over 30 professors at KAIST participated and developed “Dr. M” after conducting collaborative research with domestic businesses and medical institutions.
Core Elements of Dr. M Include Integrated Sensors, IoT, Big Data and Machine Learning, Information Security, and Medicine
Dr. M aims to provide healthcare services by remotely monitoring and diagnosing users’ health information in real time and supporting hospitals and medical professionals. The specific means to realize this technology include the following: sensing biosignals from various sensors; transmitting data to platforms by means of low-power IPv6 (next-generation Internet address system) technology; comprehensively processing data at the IoT platforms and analyzing shared data; providing users with data about disease analysis and prediction; and finding medical knowledge based on such data and discovering new business models.
In order to realize this technology, the Dr. M service platform was introduced based on the convergence of integrated sensors, IoT, big data and machine learning (allowing machines to learn about the data analysis results and predict the future), information security, and medicine. This is the Dr. M testbed of KAIST Institutes.
Dr. M Testbed to Demonstrate IT Convergent Technologies to Shape the Future
KAIST is implementing the Dr. M project in an effort to develop a range of convergent technologies and has established a testbed for research purposes in order to organically connect technologies that are developed and test and evaluate them. Showcased on the ground floor of the KI building, the Dr. M testbed is connected to the Internet via integrated sensors and wireless networking and analyzes big data before diagnosing and providing services based on the mobile healthcare system. Since all integrated sensors are connected wirelessly, this signature technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution can read users’ physical and health statuses anywhere and anytime.
Also on display are five major research products. First, “K-Patch: Mobile ECG Patch” uses a wearable multi-channel ECG patch to allow convenient heart monitoring anywhere and anytime. Second, with “Stick-on: Nail PPG Sensor,” users can attach a PPG sensor on their nails to conveniently and accurately measure heart rates. Third, “portal exhalation sensor” analyzes various substances found in the exhaled breath to monitor health conditions, and it transmits the data to smartphones. Fourth, “wearable brainwave detector” can measure users’ biometrics based on the EEG analysis and send the result to a head-mounted display. Lastly, “mobile cerebral blood flow detection” technology uses a near-infrared spectrometer to promptly diagnose cerebral hemorrhages.
Platforms Connecting the Home, the Hospital, and Data Accelerate Future Technological Innovation
The Dr. M testbed consists of the following: Dr. M Home, Dr. M Hospital, and Dr. M Data Linkage Platform. Dr. M Home provides a virtual environment where users can conveniently use the Dr. M healthcare service in their own homes. This system measures biometrics of users throughout their everyday lives, including sleeping, waking up, and watching television, and then collects and manages the data. In the meantime, the virtual environment realized by Dr. M Hospital enables hospital doctors to readily use various biodata of patients collected from the Dr. M Platform. This will facilitate telemedicine service at hospitals and real-time responses to patients’ emergency situations. Finally, Dr. M Data Linkage Platform collects, stores, and shares biosignal data measured by sensors. Users can view such data through Eagle Eye.
Dr. M is expected to lead the world in the new medical service sector converged with information technology and will contribute to fostering and advancing related industries in Korea.
Prof. Hong, Songcheol
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