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Patient simulator: towards testing and validation.

  Live clinical trials of e-Health infrastructures require extensive testing and evaluation prior to legal and ethical approval. This paper presents the Patient Simulator, a method for simulating patient data catered towards evaluating e-Health infrastructures and services in regards to efficiency, reliability, security and scalability at an early stage without the need to use real patient data. Using discrete event based simulation in conjunction with random normal distribution techniques, preliminary prototyping of the Patient Simulator shows that it is capable of generating five vital physiological signs including heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, oxygen levels and respiration rate. In conducting a comparison of simulated heart rate against real-life heart rate samples, evaluation shows that this technique enables generation of values which resemble real life patients. Future work will be carried out to improve upon the methodology of patient simulation along with conducting comprehensive testing and validation of e-Health infrastructures.

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004 Data processing & computer science


Lo, O., Fan, L., Buchanan, W. J., Thuemmler, C., Khedim, A. S., Lawson, A., …Bell, D. (2010). Patient simulator: towards testing and validation. In Pervasive Health 2011



Patient Simulation; e-Health Evaluation; PatientModel; Discrete Event Simulation; Normal Distribution; VitalPhysiological Sign Simulation;

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