Multi-parameter patient monitors (MPMs) have become increasingly important in providing quality health care to patients. A high alarm accuracy (sensitivity) will need a lower threshold for alarm detection which will lead to lower no-alarm accuracy (specificity) and viceversa. MPMs when used in an intensive care unit (ICU) need to have high sensitivity. However they need to have high specificity when used in in-patient wards for regular health check-ups. Proposed is a novel algorithm to trade-off specificity for sensitivity and viceversa depending on the application. The proposed method is referred as detection error trade-off, trade-off specificity for better sensitivity and vice-versa. The algorithm will help to extend the application of MPMs from ICUs to in-patient wards and thus enhance the quality of health care. Experiments have been conducted with an MPM using the classification and regression tree algorithm. By using the proposed algorithm, an improvement of 10.18% in sensitivity was obtained by trading-off 0.40% in specificity. Furthermore, the overall performance of the refined system is 1.15% better than the baseline system. © The Institution of Engineering and Technology 2013.
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Va Vaijeyanthi, Dr. Santhosh Kumar C., Dr. K. I. Ramachandran, Joy, J. Ka, and Kumar, A. Ab, “Application-Specific fine tuning of multi-Parameter patient monitors”, Electronics Letters, vol. 49, pp. 1432-1433, 2013.