An Attempt to Define Context Awareness in Mobile E-Health Environments

Georgiadis, Dimosthenis, Germanakos, Panagiotis, Andreou, Panayiotis orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-6369-1094 and Samaras, George (2010) An Attempt to Define Context Awareness in Mobile E-Health Environments. In: MCIS 2010 PROCEEDINGS. (Unpublished)

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Nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists and other professionals or specialists come together to provide care to home residing patients, making continuous assessment, diagnosis and treatment possible beyond the walls of hospitals. Such teams of professionals are focused on each individual patient, and are virtual, i.e. they make decisions without being together physically, dynamically, i.e. professionals come and go as needed, and collaborate, as they combine their knowledge to provide effective care. Our system, coined DITIS, is a web based system that enables the effective management and collaboration of virtual healthcare teams and accessing medical information in a secure manner
from a variety of mobile devices from anytime and anyplace, adapting the information according to various parameters like, user role, access right, device capabilities and wireless medium. This paper introduces the DITIS system, and identifies the needs and challenges of co-ordinated teams of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals (HCPs) functioning in a context awareness environment under the wireless environment. Pilot implementations of the systems as well as an evaluation study of the system are also briefly presented.

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