Social Internet of Things in Healthcare: From Things to Social Things in Internet of Things

Social Internet of Things in Healthcare: From Things to Social Things in Internet of Things

Cristina Elena Turcu (University of Suceava, Romania) and Corneliu Octavian Turcu (University of Suceava, Romania)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1832-7.ch005
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Abstract

This chapter presents a future vision for healthcare, which will involve smart devices, Internet of Things, and social networks, that make this vision a reality. The authors present the necessary background by introducing the Social Internet of Things paradigm. Agent technology seems to be a promising approach in the adoption of the Social Internet of Things in collaborative environments with increased autonomy and agility, like healthcare is. Also, it is examined challenges to the adoption of the Social Internet of Things in healthcare in order to facilitate new applications and services in more effective and efficient ways.
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Background

According to various studies, e.g. (Davis, 2004; Fisher, 2003), healthcare systems around the world, face rising costs and uneven quality, thus generating significant variations, both within the United States and internationally. It is a common fact that U.S. adults often do not receive the proper level of care recommended for a certain condition. One study indicates that on average, individuals received only about 55 percent of the recommended medical care for common illnesses (McGlynn et al., 2003), whereas preventive care is often overlooked.

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