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An integrated architecture for the provision of health telematic services based on digital library technologies

Tsiknakis, M. ; Chronaki, C. E. ; Kapidakis, S. ; Nikolaou, C. ; Orphanoudakis, S. C.

International Journal on Digital Libraries, 1997, Vol.1(3), pp.257-277 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    An integrated architecture for the provision of health telematic services based on digital library technologies
  • Author/Creator: Tsiknakis, M. ; Chronaki, C. E. ; Kapidakis, S. ; Nikolaou, C. ; Orphanoudakis, S. C.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Virtual patient record ; Regional healthcare networks ; Telematic services ; Mediation ; Middleware services ; Healthcare information infrastructure ; Agent-based technology
  • Is Part Of: International Journal on Digital Libraries, 1997, Vol.1(3), pp.257-277
  • Description: Monolithic information system to effectively serve the needs of an entire healthcare organizational structure. Thus, information and telecommunications systems must primarily provide the infrastructure to support the effective integration of distributed and heterogeneous components, ensuring overall integrity in terms of functional and information interworking. This approach i.e., the integration of heterogeneous autonomous distributed systems, to developing and managing regional healthcare networks ensures the transfer and integration of consistent information between healthcare facilities, without imposing constraints on the operation of individual clinical units. This paper presents the results of an ongoing effort for the design and implementation of an architecture based on digital library technologies, for the provision of user-oriented telematic services in a regional healthcare network. Specifically, it addresses issues related to the provision of user-oriented services, transparent to the needs of different user groups and the requirements of specific tasks, based on: a) meta-information for the creation of an information infrastructure for the regional healthcare network which is, effectively, a multimedia distributed digital library, b) intelligent informationretrieval strategies to selectively retrieve information from multimedia data, c) agent-based technologies for effective service delivery adapted to the current user needs and the task at hand, and d) middleware services that explicitly reveal not only the characteristics of the information sources, but also address the context of specific telematic services, through appropriate mediation mechanisms.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1432-5012 ; E-ISSN: 1432-1300 ; DOI: 10.1007/s007990050021