Body Area Networks (BANs) and a Back-End System (BESys). Our definition of a BAN, adapted from  and , is a network of communicating devices worn on, around or within the body which is used to acquire health related data and to provide mobile health services to the user. A BAN consists of a Mobile Base Unit (MBU) and a set of BAN devices . The MBU is a generic concept; typically the MBU functions (processing, storage and communications gateway) are implemented on a PDA or smartphone. BAN devices may be sensors, actuators or other wearable devices used for medical purposes.
The Personal Health Monitor (PHM) system  is designed for patients who have a suspected cardiovascular disease and need to be monitored around the clock. The PHM system proposes use of off-the-shelf sensor systems which incorporate a built-in sensor front end. This approach allows a PHM system user to use their own mobile phone running Microsoft Windows and to buy or rent the required sensors. The patient downloads the PHM application onto the mobile phone and uses it like any other mobile application.
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