An Ontology Driven Multi-Agent Approach to Integrated e-Health Systems

An Ontology Driven Multi-Agent Approach to Integrated e-Health Systems

Weir Ying (University of New South Wales, Australia), Jaminda S. Wimalasiri (University of New South Wales, Australia), Pradeep Ray (University of New South Wales, Australia), Subhagata Chattopadhyay (University of New South Wales, Australia) and Concepción S. Wilson (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0909-9.ch002
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Abstract

One aim of an integrated e-Health system is to improve the quality of healthcare by providing transparent access to patient information. The current health information management environment has numerous systems with varying techniques for representing and managing patient data. The increasing mobility of patients results in patient information being spread across these systems. Presented in this paper is a conceptual architecture for the interoperability of e-Health systems. This architecture uses multiple cooperating software agents that actively access, recognize, and associate the information in distributed, heterogeneous e-health systems. Using a layered ontology structure we show how ontology based multi-agent systems can be used to resolve discrepancies in terminology and/or structure. This involves a case study in a distributed Electronic Health Record (EHR) environment.
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2 Background

This section presents a brief background on both the current standardisations of e-health systems as well as a basis for the Ontology-Based Multi-Agent System framework.

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