Dynamic homecare service provisioning: a field test and its results

Alireza Zarghami, Mohammed Zarifi Eslami, Marten J. van Sinderen, Roelf J. Wieringa

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    Abstract

    Providing IT-based care support for elderly at home is proposed as a highly promising appraoch to address the aging population problem. With the emergence of homecare application service providers, a homecare system can be seen as a linked set of services. Configuring and composing existing homecare application services to create new homecare composite applications can reduce the application development cost. The idea even looks more promising if the service provisioning is dynamic, i.e., if applications can update their behaviors with respect to the contextual changes without or with minimum manpower. Dynamic service provisioning can play an important role to accept homecare systems in practical settings. This motivated us to develop a Dynamic Homecare Service Provisioning (DHSP) platform to address the homecare context changes in an effective and efficient manner. As a proof of concept, we have developed a software prototype of our platform. The prototype was subsequently used in a real-world field test at a care institution in the Netherlands to validate the approach. This paper describes the design of the field test and reflects on the outcome of the validation experiments.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationJoint International Workshop on Process Support and Knowledge Representation in Health Care, KR4HC/ProHealth 2013
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages113-127
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-03915-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Volume8268
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

    Keywords

    • SCS-Services
    • EWI-23733
    • Dynamic provisioning
    • METIS-300020
    • Context awareness
    • Field test
    • Homecare Services
    • IR-88357

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