SIe-Health, e-Health Information System

SIe-Health, e-Health Information System

Juan Carlos González Moreno (University of Vigo, Spain), Loxo Lueiro Astray (University of Vigo, Spain), Rubén Romero González (University of Vigo, Spain), Cesar Parguiñas Portas (University of Vigo, Spain) and Castor Sánchez Chao (University of Vigo, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-042-6.ch029
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Abstract

In recent years, the incessant development of new communication technologies has provided a better way for accessing information and also a lot of useful opportunities. The implementation of these new technologies gives us an ideal environment for transmitting and receiving real-time information from anywhere. One of the sectors that have a great potential to use and exploit this kind of technologies is the healthcare sector. Nowadays, the application of all these new technologies to support the clinical procedures has taken part in the definition of a new concept known as e-Health. This concept involves a lot of different services related with the medicine/health terms and the information technologies. However, to provide emergency transportation with better care capabilities to the patient is something that still has a lot to improve. Within this context SIe-Health comes into being a software platform oriented for developing Telemedicine solutions. The solution model proposed here allows remote assistance for a mobile health emergency (for example, an ambulance), integrating in this service electro-medical devices and videoconference services.
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Introduction

The peak of communication between mobile devices and the potential that they have for their integration in a distributed software platform, makes possible the development of new solutions, more dynamic than before, and also more useful in this information society. The implementation of these new systems in every sector of our society, especially in public utilities, could be viewed as a revolution in the way the users can use the different services. This statement is easily verifiable, just consider the increase in the number of simple actions (recharge a phone card, control of television programming, news, real-time access, or shopping, ...) that are fully integrated into modern distributed software systems which have been widely adopted by the vast majority of users, giving them the impression that are able to do anything anywhere. One of the sectors with greater potential to use and exploit these technologies is the health sector. Healthcare involves a large number of different services whose integration into the modern devices offered by new communication technologies is highly dependent on context. The care for dependents through services such as tele care and remote assistance, centralized control of the patient in hospitals, or the current telemedicine systems used by the Army, which are being implemented for civilian use, are just the beginning. Specifically, the implementation of these new technologies to support clinical practice has given birth to a new concept known as e-Health. This term includes a wide range of different services related to medicine / health terms and information technology:

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