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EDGE’s eCare Testbed for SPHINX Toolkit

Several SPHINX use-cases involve remote patient monitoring, aiming to prevent and detect suspicious and illicit activity. For this purpose, SPHINX Consortium Member, EDGE, brings the eCare Platform Testbed, as a simulation environment that allows generating requests and interactions between patients (i.e., simulated eCare Platform users), devices (i.e., simulated healthcare IoT equipment) and healthcare services.

Developed by EDGE, the eCare Platform (eCare) is a smart and personalised care intelligence platform that creates a welcoming assisted environment for health and wellness at home. EDGE’s ambient living platform delivers high-quality and comfortable healthcare to patients requiring observation or monitoring, either in post-medical intervention or in chronic condition situations.

eCare is designed to support the unobtrusive monitoring of health-related conditions and behaviour in home-based interventions, offering a personalised healthcare framework assisted by multimodal sensing. eCare gauges a wide range of measurements acquired manually or automatically through heterogeneous sensors and devices that are seamlessly embedded in the living environment or are worn or interacted with by users/patients. Amongst the measurements registered in eCare’s remote monitoring platform are vital signs (temperature, heart rate, blood glucose, blood pressure and respiration rate) and physiological measurements (weight, physical activity).

In addition to health-related data, the eCare Platform also measures activity data from wearables or home devices (e.g., motion sensor) as well as measurements of environmental parameters, including temperature, humidity, air quality and smoke.

In the context of the SPHINX Project, the eCare Platform is the centrepiece of the pilot activities in Portugal, concerning cybersecurity and the adoption of mobile health and remote monitoring platforms by healthcare providers.

EDGE’s eCare Testbed allows simulating the interaction between eCare users (i.e., patients and devices) and the eCare Platform. The eCare Testbed allows to create simulated users that interact with the eCare portal and backend services by sending simulated data from heterogeneous simulated sources (e.g., heart rate measurement from a healthcare device and temperature from a home sensor). The data exchange process follows the same mechanism as if it were a real user, thus resulting in a realistic setting for the testing and validation of the eCare Platform.

In SPHINX, EDGE’s eCare Testbed will be adapted to be part of the SPHINX Simulation Environment and support user behaviour analysis, in the context of remote monitoring healthcare applications. The main features of the eCare User and Device Simulators are:

  • To create and instantiate one or multiple simulated users/devices;
  • To simulate the user/device authentication process;
  • Where applicable, to simulate the periodic production of data associated with:
    • Vitals (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure);
    • Wellbeing (e.g., weight, sleep);
    • Physical activity (e.g., number of steps);
    • Ambient (e.g., temperature, indoor air quality, motion);
  • To set data frequency to a fixed or a random value;
  • To set data content to a fixed value plus a random variation.

Taking into account the defined pilot case in Portugal, the eCare Testbed is suitable to be adapted to meet the SPHINX Simulation Environment needs of remote healthcare monitoring.

More information about the eCare Platform can be found and its utilisation for user behaviour analysis can be found at Deliverable 5.4 that is publicly available here.