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Science News Corner introduces 24-hour health care and monitoring system

     The morbidity rate of heart disease is growing at an alarming speed, a fact largely attributable to our modern and often unhealthy lifestyle. As heart health attracts more and more attention, there are increasing demands for a novel and advanced health monitoring system.

     "CardioSentinal", a 24-hour health care monitoring system, is designed to meet this demand. CardioSentinal is a remote, real-time health care monitoring system based on advanced communication technology.

     To enable the public to learn more about CardioSentinal, a brand new exhibition entitled "CardioSentinal: a 24-hour health care and monitoring system" will be held by the Hong Kong Science Museum at its Science News Corner from today (April 4) until August 31. The exhibition, with content provided by the Digital Life Research Centre (DLRC) at the Fok Ying Tung Graduate School of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Professor Qian Zhang, and Chair Professor Lionel Ni, Researchers Min Gao and Zhouhong Wang, introduces the insights gained from research on this 24-hour health monitoring system.

     CardioSentinal operates as a monitoring system using an electrocardiogram (ECG) and a data collector, mobile phone and server as its major components.

     The collector gathers a user's physical data via harmless sensors attached to the body. The collector is a small box that can be placed inside the user's pocket, and stores data sent by the user's mobile phone using Bluetooth technology.

     With an advanced computing capability installed in the mobile phone the data is selected and sent to the server after initial analysis.

     The server will conduct further processing and immediately send a detailed report to the user's doctor if necessary.

     With features including real-time monitoring, quick transmission of information, convenience of use and flexible design, CardioSentinal is regarded as a pioneer monitoring system and a much-needed alternative in the context of medical services provision.

     Apart from CardioSentinal, other remote health monitoring platforms, covering ECG, urinary diary, uroflow, kinetic blood pressure and blood glucose have been well developed. In addition, systems monitoring the user's sleeping state, respiration state and foetal heartbeats; follow-up systems for patients of various diseases as well as management system of sub-health population are also being developed.

     The Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. It opens from 1pm to 9pm from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays, and from 10am to 9pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is $25 with half-price concession for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

     For details of the exhibition and related programmes, visit the Science Museum's website at For enquiries, please call 2732 3232.

Ends/Monday, April 4, 2011


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