Method and apparatus for SNMP/Open interface based remote management of patients using 4G or other enabled monitoring devices
Publication Date: 2014-Dec-01
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Disclosed is a system for extending the current Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) standards for monitoring patients from a centralized location. The Integrated Remote Monitoring of Patients (IRMP) apparatus enables a standards-based interface for remote monitoring of patients at both the hospital and individual levels.
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In the present methods, remote monitoring of patients is enabled through individual siloed devices with non-standard based interfaces. This is unsuited for a centralized monitoring of patients for various parameters. For example, a chief doctor may want to plan a schedule depending upon the criticality of patients spread across various hospitals. A consulting doctor might want to monitor the various health parameters of home based patients from a single location .
Network and equipment management in the telecommunication industry is performed through Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). SNMP monitoring comprises several elements. The SNMP Agent runs in the network elements (i.e. in the lower tier). Data describing the network equipment (e.g., the number of packets received in a particular link, dropped in a link, etc.) is collected in a virtual database called the Management Information Base (MIB). The SNMP Manager an over-arching entity that resides in applications in the upper tier. The manager polls the SNMP agents based upon the set polling period and collects the data in the database . Through this data, both historic and online reports can be generated and appropriate alarms can be raised in case of traffic congestion, link failures, etc. SNMP also allows configuration of the agents for sending traps for faster processing of the critical details by the manager . SNMP makes use of User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and thus requires the opening of ports for accessing SNMP agents beyond firewall. A Network Operations Center (NOC) enables centralized monitoring of telecom equipment . Such a technology (e.g., Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or other open interfaces) can be leveraged in the medical field to perform remote monitoring of patients , which is proposed in this disclosure.
One existing solution* offers remote monitoring of biomedical instruments using SNMP , but is not meant for human monitoring. Current solutions enable individual monitoring of aspects like blood pressure, pulse level, sugar level etc. Such data is disparate and is not standards based. Processing of such data is time consuming for a centralized monitoring system.
The novel contribution is an apparatus termed Integrated Remote Monitoring of Patients (IRMP). This apparatus comprises two parts: an agent base and a network manager.
The Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based agent interface discovers all the 4G enabled or other physical layer based medical devices (e.g., blood pressure meter, sugar meter, pulse monitor, etc.) The 4G enabled adhoc network capability can be used to identify the point of contact device (PODC). The PODC forms a dynamic SNMP Management Information Base (MIB), depending upon the type of device added, and collects the data in the relevant Object Identifier (OID). In a siloed model, the PODC does not exist and the device exposes an SNMP based interface for various paramete...