from PhysioNet, the research resource for complex physiologic signals


PhysioNet offers free web access to large collections of recorded physiologic signals (PhysioBank) and related open-source software (PhysioToolkit). Each month, about 45,000 visitors worldwide use PhysioNet, retrieving about 4 terabytes of data.

PhysioNetWorks workspaces are available to members of the PhysioNet community for works in progress that will be made publicly available in PhysioBank and PhysioToolkit when complete.

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Our interactive tour is recommended for first-time visitors.

PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge 2012
Ongoing, January-September 2012

This year's challenge focuses on methods for predicting mortality of ICU patients, using a rich set of physiologic and clinical variables collected from 12,000 patients. Phase 1 of the challenge drew participation from 39 individuals and teams. Phase 2 is now open, until 25 August.

Physiological Measurement focuses on work of Challenge 2011 participants
17 August 2012 16:30:00 EDT

Inspired by the PhysioNet/CinC Challenge 2011 (Improving the quality of ECGs collected using mobile phones), the journal Physiological Measurement has devoted its September 2012 focus issue to the subject of signal quality in cardiorespiratory monitoring, with eleven articles on this topic, including nine written by Challenge participants.

Abdominal and Direct Fetal ECG Database
9 August 2012 18:30:00 EDT

PhysioBank has received a contribution of five-minute multichannel fetal ECG recordings, with cardiologist-verified annotations of all fetal heart beats, from five women in labor, from the Medical University of Silesia, Poland. Each record includes four signals from the maternal abdomen and a simultaneously recorded reference direct fetal ECG from the fetal scalp; all signals are sampled at 1 KHz with 16-bit resolution.

Fetal Distress and the OB-1 Database
3 August 2012 13:00:00 EDT

The creators of the OB-1 Database of fetal ECGs seek collaborators in their PhysioNetWorks project to complete the database and to use it to investigate improved diagnoses of fetal distress. A sample recording from the database is now available in PhysioBank, while construction of the remainder (including more than 100 additional recordings, with detailed accompanying clinical information) is in progress on PhysioNetWorks.

CAP Sleep Database
26 July 2012 17:20:00 EDT

The Cyclic Alternating Pattern (CAP) is a periodic EEG activity occurring during NREM sleep, and abnormal amounts of CAP are associated with a variety of sleep-related disorders. The CAP Sleep Database is a collection of 108 polysomnographic recordings contributed by the Sleep Disorders Center of the Ospedale Maggiore of Parma, Italy. Each record includes 3 or more EEG signals together with EOG, chin and tibial EMG, airflow, respiratory effort, SaO2, and ECG signals, and reference sleep stage and CAP annotations, This database is intended to provide a useful number of carefully annotated examples of CAP in a representative variety of pathophysiologic contexts, for development and evaluation of automated CAP analyzers, as well as to support basic studies of the dynamics of CAP.

New annotations for the Long-Term AF Database
23 July 2012 18:45:00 EDT

A complete set of over 9 million reference beat and rhythm annotations for the Long-Term AF Database has been contributed by MEDICALgorithmics (Warsaw, Poland). The Long-Term AF Database, a collection of 84 long-term ECG recordings (typically 24 to 25 hours each) of subjects with paroxysmal or sustained atrial fibrillation, was contributed to PhysioBank in 2008 by Steven Swiryn and his colleagues at Northwestern University. Michael Tadeusiak of MEDICALgorithmics coordinated the annotation development as a PhysioNetWorks project.

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