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2019

Your feedback on alpha.physionet.org

The new PhysioNet website is intended to simplify the process of finding and reusing data. Key improvements include:

  • an updated search tool for finding data and software
  • a new registration system
  • a simplified process for sharing your data and software

We welcome your feedback! Please send us your comments using our feedback form.

Your ideas and suggestions will be used for continuous improvement.

Published: April 22, 2019.


2019

New Database Added: NIFEADB

The Non-Invasive Fetal ECG Arrhythmia Database (NIFEA DB) provides a series of fetal arrhythmias recordings (n=12) and a number of control normal rhythm recordings (n=14) performed using the non-invasive fetal electrocardiography (NI-FECG) technique.

Published: Feb. 19, 2019.


2019

PhysioNet/CinC Challenge 2019

The PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge 2019 has now begun! This year's topic is prediction of sepsis from clinical data. We are delighted to announce that this year's Challenge is being sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google and Mathworks.

Published: Feb. 8, 2019.


2019

New Software and Tutorial: Generalized Multiscale Entropy (GMSE)

GMSE is a new computational tool for quantifying the volatility of time series. This work extends the multiscale entropy (MSE) algorithm currently available on PhysioNet. The GMSE method was first described in Costa M., Goldberger A.L. Generalized Multiscale Entropy Analysis: Application to Quantifying the Complex Volatility of Human Heartbeat Time Series. Entropy 2015;17:1197-1203.

Published: Feb. 2, 2019.


2019

New Database Added: MIMIC-CXR

MIMIC-CXR is a large, publicly-available database comprising of de-identified chest radiographs. The dataset contains 371,920 chest x-rays associated with 227,943 imaging studies. This database is described in Johnson AEW, Pollard TJ, Berkowitz S, Greenbaum NR, Lungren MP, Deng C-Y, Mark RG, Horng S. MIMIC-CXR: A large publicly available database of labeled chest radiographs. arXiv (2019).

Published: Jan. 29, 2019.


2019

New Platform In Alpha Testing

The PhysioNet team has been working on its new web platform. The site is being alpha tested here at https://alpha.physionet.org/. The original site will continue running at https://physionet.org/ until its content and functionality is ported over.

You can leave feedback and track our progress via the development repository.

Published: Jan. 1, 2019.


2018

New Database Added: EEGMAT

The database contains EEG recordings of subjects before and during the performance of mental arithmetic tasks.

Published: Dec. 17, 2018.


2018

New Database Added: ECGCIPA

ECG effects of ranolazine, verapamil, lopinavir+ritonavir, chloroquine, dofetilide, diltiazem, and dofetilide+diltiazem in a small sample size clinical study. The ECGCIPA database contains multi-channel ECG recordings of 60 subjects participating in the CiPA ECG validation study.

Published: Dec. 13, 2018.


2018

Physiological Measurement Focus Issue

The Journal of Physiological Measurement is now accepting submissions in the focus issue: Automated Analysis of Arousals, Sleep and Sleep-Related Disorders Using Physiological Time Series. Please included updated results from the test dataset if you develop a new algorithm. Note that the scope does not confine you to the data and topic of this year's Challenge. The deadline is set for the end of February 2019.

Published: Nov. 28, 2018.


2018

New Toolkit Added: dSQI

The advent of telehealth applications and remote patient monitoring has led to an increasing need for continuous signal quality monitoring to ensure high diagnostic accuracy of the recordings. Cardiovascular diseases often manifest electrophysiological anomalies, therefore the electrocardiogram (ECG) is one of the most used signals for diagnostic applications. Various types of noise and artifacts are not uncommon in ECG recordings and assessing the quality of the signal is essential prior to any clinical interpretation. In this study, a dynamic signal quality index (dSQI) is introduced using a new time-frequency template-based approach.

Published: Nov. 16, 2018.


2018

New Database Added: RVMH1

Functional metrics of autonomic control of heart rate, including baroreflex sensitivity, have been shown to be strongly associated with cardiovascular risk. A decrease in baroreflex sensitivity with aging is hypothesized to represent a contributing causal factor in the etiology of primary hypertension. To assess baroreflex function in human subjects, two complementary methods to simulate the response in heart rate elicited by the Valsalva maneuver were developed and applied to data obtained from a cohort of healthy normal volunteers.

Published: Nov. 14, 2018.


2018

New Database Added: CVES

This database contains multimodal data from a large study investigating the effects of ischemic stroke on cerebral vasoregulation. The cross sectional study compared 60 subjects who suffered strokes, to 60 control subjects, collecting the following data for each patient across multiple days: transcranial doppler of cerebral arteries, 24-h blood pressure numerics, high resolution waveforms (ECG, blood pressure, CO2 and respiration) during various movement tasks, 24-h ECG, EMG, and accelerometer recordings, and gait pressure recordings during a walking test.

Published: Oct. 4, 2018.


2018

New Database Added: CULM

The Complex Upper-Limb Movements database contains hand trajectory data from ten subjects undergoing writing tasks, used to model motor primitives.

Published: Aug. 30, 2018.


2018

New Database Added: TPEHGT

The Term-Preterm ElectroHysteroGram DataSet with Tocogram (TPEHGT DS) contains 26 four-signal 30-min uterine EHG records, i.e., three EHG signals accompanied by a simultaneously recorded external tocogram measuring mechanical uterine activity (TOCO signal) of pregnant women, and another five 30-min uterine records (EHG signals and TOCO signal) of non-pregnant women.

Published: Aug. 29, 2018.


2018

Database Expanded: sleep-edfx

The sleep-edf database has been expanded to contain 197 whole-night PolySomnoGraphic sleep recordings, containing EEG, EOG, chin EMG, and event markers. Some records also contain respiration and body temperature.

Published: July 17, 2018.


2018

New Database Added: BIDMC

This dataset contains signals and numerics extracted from the much larger MIMIC II matched waveform Database, along with manual breath annotations made from two annotators, using the impedance respiratory signal.

Published: June 20, 2018.


2018

New Database Added: VOICED

This database includes 208 voice samples, from 150 pathological, and 58 healthy voices.

Published: June 7, 2018.


2018

New Software: PCST

The PhysioNet Cardiovascular Signal Toolbox is an open-source modular program for calculating heart rate variability (HRV) implemented in Matlab with evidence-based algorithms and output formats. The Toolbox is compatible with 64-bit MATLAB on GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and MS-Windows.

Published: May 15, 2018.


2018

New Software: GEH

These software scripts calculate Global Electrical Heterogeneity scores of ecg signals, which characterize the degree of heterogeneity of the total recovery time across the ventricles.

Published: May 2, 2018.


2018

PhysioNet/CinC Challenge 2018

The 2018 PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge is now open. This year's Challenge, "You Snooze, You Win", is focused on the problem of automatically detecting disturbances in a patient's sleep. Given a collection of physiological signals recorded during sleep, including EEG, ECG, and EMG, participants are invited to develop an algorithm to automatically identify arousal events, and will be scored based on how well their algorithm's results agree with those of expert human annotators.

Published: Feb. 21, 2018.