Macroscopic Modeling of Information Flow in an Agent-Based Electronic Health Record System

Macroscopic Modeling of Information Flow in an Agent-Based Electronic Health Record System

Ben Tse (University of Regina, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-108-7.ch016
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Abstract

This chapter presents an architecture, or general framework, for an agent-based electronic health record system (ABEHRS) to provide health information access and retrieval among different medical services facilities. The agent system’s behaviors are analyzed using the simulation approach and the mathematical modeling approach. The key concept promoted by ABEHRS is to allow patient health records to autonomously move through the computer network uniting scattered and distributed data into one consistent and complete data set or patient health record. ABEHRS is an example of multi-agent swarm system, which is composed of many simple agents and a system that is able to self-organize. The ultimate goal is that the reader should appreciate the benefits of using mobile agents and the importance of studying agent behaviors at the system level and at the individual level.

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