Integrating Mobile-Based Systems with Healthcare Databases

Integrating Mobile-Based Systems with Healthcare Databases

Yu Jiao (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA), Ali R. Hurson (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Thomas E. Potok (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA) and Barbara G. Beckerman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
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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