Integrating Mobile-Based Systems with Healthcare Databases

Integrating Mobile-Based Systems with Healthcare Databases

Yu Jiao, Ali R. Hurson, Thomas E. Potok, Barbara G. Beckerman
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-058-5.ch031
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In this chapter, we discuss issues related to ehealth and focus on two major challenges in distributed healthcare database management: database heterogeneity and user mobility. We designed and prototyped a mobile-agent-based mobile data-access system framework that can address these challenges. It applies a thesaurus- based hierarchical database federation to cope with database heterogeneity and utilizes the mobile-agent technology to respond to the complications introduced by user mobility and wireless networks. The functions provided by this system are described in detail and a performance evaluation is also provided.

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