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Clotet R.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Clotet R.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Hernandez E.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Huerta M.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | And 3 more authors.
IFMBE Proceedings | Year: 2015

The Venezuelan Health System consists nowadays of a variety of loosely coupled organizations that share a common goal: the health of Venezuelans. These organizations use a variety of different health record formats, in most cases incompatible with each other. This situation makes it difficult to properly care for patients when they move from one health center to another. Such diversity complicates decision-making processes related to public health policies and research. In order to address this problem, we propose an electronic health record system centralized at the national level, where a copy of each patient’s medical history is kept. This would allow the health institutions to retain their own local health record systems within what we call an “ecosystem” of EHR databases. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. Source


Vasquez A.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Huerta M.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Huerta M.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Huerta M.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | And 5 more authors.
IFMBE Proceedings | Year: 2015

In healthcare, the incorrect identification of patients remains one of the most common problems with resultant incidents and adverse events commonplace. This paper presents the design of an intelligent system which will allow for the identification and monitoring of patients in health centers. The purpose of this system is to provide the correct information transfer, keep track of patients and allow health staff to control them. This will increase security and minimize accidents and mistakes made in health centers while also achieving better quality in healthcare. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. Source


Palacios-Navarro G.,University of Zaragoza | Palacios-Navarro G.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Palacios-Navarro G.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Garcia-Magarino I.,University of Zaragoza | Ramos-Lorente P.,University of Zaragoza
6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015 | Year: 2015

The present paper discusses results of a global study carried out during the past five years to adapt the degree of Electronic Engineering to the European Space for Higher Education (ESHE). The analysis offers a qualitative perspective to go deeply into the development of generic competencies in the degree by putting in practice the different teaching approaches advocated by the ESHE in order to promote the acquisition of both specific and generic competencies and skills belonging to the degree. The research project include topics such us, incorporation of competency-based programs in an Electronic Engineering degree curriculum, development of teaching approaches and planning of activities, workload student measurements according to theoretical workload analyses, as well as a new method to assess the student achievement in competencies acquisition. The work also tries to gather student and lecturers opinions aimed at the improvement of competency acquisition processes in higher education. Source


Palacios-Navarro G.,University of Zaragoza | Palacios-Navarro G.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Palacios-Navarro G.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Garcia-Magarino I.,University of Zaragoza | Ramos-Lorente P.,University of Zaragoza
Journal of Medical Systems | Year: 2015

This work brings together the emerging virtual reality techniques and the natural user interfaces to offer new possibilities in the field of rehabilitation. We have designed a rehabilitation game based on a low cost device (Microsoft KinectTM) connected to a personal computer. It provides patients having Parkinson’s Disease (PD) with a motivating way to perform several motor rehabilitation exercises to improve their rehabilitation. The experiment was tested on seven Parkinson’s Disease patients and results demonstrated significant improvements in completion time score and in the 10 Meters Walk Test score. Nevertheless, additional research is needed to determine if this type of training has a long-term impact. Both the device and protocol were well accepted by subjects, being safe and easy to use. We conclude that our work provides a simple and suitable tool resulting in a more enriching rehabilitation process where motivation is highly encouraged in PD patients. Feedback coming from participants corroborate the hypothesis that the system can be applied not only in clinical rehabilitation centers but at home. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Source


Ceballos M.R.,Technological Institute of Conkal | Ceballos M.R.,Polytechnic University of Catalonia | Gorricho J.L.,Polytechnic University of Catalonia | Palma Gamboa O.,Technological Institute of Conkal | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks | Year: 2015

Agriculture is the largest user of water worldwide by using about 70 percent of total consumption. The world food production depends on the availability of water, considering factors such as demographic and climate change, so the use of efficient irrigation is necessary to apply the correct amount of water to crops. The traditional irrigation systems generally program their scheme based on measurements made at Class A evaporimeter pan. In this paper an irrigation scheme defined by an algorithm that automates the amount of water supplied is presented, it considers the consumption of habanero pepper crop, and a fuzzy system evaluates the necessary duration of irrigation. The climatic variables considered are temperature, relative humidity, and soil moisture. The algorithm was programmed in a microcontroller Atmel 328p included in Arduino platform, with the addition of a ZigBee wireless system that allows for monitoring through a PC. The climatic variables were inserted into the fuzzy system by sets of trapezoidal and triangular form and a Mamdani type inference mechanism in which the knowledge of an expert is registered through the fuzzy rules. The system was applied to a habanero pepper crop at Conkal Institute of Technology in Yucatan, Mexico. © 2015 Martha Rocio Ceballos et al. Source

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