TERVA: System for long-term monitoring of wellness at home

I Korhonen, T Iivainen, R Lappalainen, T Tuomisto, T Koobi, V Pentikäinen, M Tuomisto, V Turjanmaa

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Long-term monitoring of physiological and psychosocial variables in out-hospital conditions would be beneficial for investigating changes in wellness status of an individual or to understand interaction between physiological and behavioral processes. We aimed to design a personal wellness monitoring system (TERVA), which would allow monitoring of wellness-related variables at home for several weeks or even months. The designed TERVA system runs on a laptop computer and interfaces with different measurement devices through a serial interface. Measured variables include beat-to-beat heart rate, motor activity, blood pressure, weight, body temperature, respiration, ballistocardiography, movements, and sleep stages. In addition, self-assessments of daily well-being and activities are stored by keeping a behavioral diary. To test the system, one healthy man used the system for 10 weeks. The system was successfully applied in out-hospital conditions. The success rate of the measurements was 70-91%, depending on the variable under consideration. The pilot study indicated that the recorded data accurately reflected the health status of the subject. The TERVA system provides a method to record and investigate wellness-related data over several weeks, or even months, outside the hospital among subjects capable of using a personal computer. Several applications of the system are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalTelemedicine Journal And E-Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



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