ARCHITECTING DISPARATE EHEALTH SYSTEMS INTEROPERABLE THROUGH WEB SERVICES

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3 Νοε 2013 (πριν από 3 χρόνια και 10 μήνες)

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ARCHITECTING DISPARA
TE EHEALTH SYSTEMS
INTEROPERABLE THROUG
H WEB SERVICES


S. Ali, S. Kiefer

Fraunhofer
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Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBMT), St. Ingbert, Germany

safdar.ali@ibmt.fraunhofer.de


Te
le
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Homecare is an active research field for providing
preeminent

acute medical homecare
services to the patients. State
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of
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the
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art telematic homecare platforms are usually afflicted
with the problems of interoperability with their client Health Information

Systems (HISs)
regarding exchanging patient’s medical information in order to provide factual
Telemonitoring, Telediagnosis, and Teletreatment. In our research work, we investigated the
application of Web Services, a new breed of distributed computing, wh
ich is becoming a
de
-
facto

standard for the automatic on
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the
-
fly orchestration of readymade on
-
demand services in
the field of eHealth to achieve interoperability among disparate HISs. Furthermore, we have
investigated not only various interoperability pro
blems faced by heterogeneous HISs, but also
suggested the functionalities to be offered by the HISs along with the security framework in
order to get interoperable with each other and to assist the health professionals for meticulous
diagnosis and prescrip
tion of medication for the patients.


We applied our research work on TOPCARE (an EU funded project for the Implementation
of a Telematic Homecare Platform in Cooperative Healthcare Provider Networks) and one of
its clients working on different eHealth st
andards (i.e. HL7, xDT) and achieved adequate
interoperability and security results. Additionally, we have also investigated the application
of imminent blended Web technologies, i.e. Semantic Web, Semantic Web enabled Web
Services (SWWS) and Ontologies in

the field of eHealth to achieve a higher level of
interoperability for the future work.


Keywords: eHealth Systems, Interoperability, Web Services, Semantic Web