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ERMHAN: A Context-Aware Service Platform to Support Continuous Care Networks for Home-Based Assistance

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
1687-6415
Publisher
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Publication Date
Volume
2008
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1155/2008/867639
Keywords
  • Research Article
Disciplines
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Medicine

Abstract

Continuous care models for chronic diseases pose several technology-oriented challenges for home-based continuous care, where assistance services rely on a close collaboration among different stakeholders such as health operators, patient relatives, and social community members. Here we describe Emilia Romagna Mobile Health Assistance Network (ERMHAN) a multichannel context-aware service platform designed to support care networks in cooperating and sharing information with the goal of improving patient quality of life. In order to meet extensibility and flexibility requirements, this platform has been developed through ontology-based context-aware computing and a service oriented approach. We also provide some preliminary results of performance analysis and user survey activity.

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