Making medical treatments resilient to technological disruptions in telemedicine systems

Nekane Larburu Rubio, I.A. Widya, Richard G.A. Bults, Hermanus J. Hermens

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    Telemedicine depends on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support remote treatment of patients. This dependency requires the telemedicine system design to be resilient for ICT performance degradation or subsystem failures. Nevertheless, using telemedicine systems create a dependency between medical and technological concerns. We propose a layering technique that links medical and technological concerns by using a two-staged scenario based requirements elicitation method. This layering technique provides functional relations between technological variables (e.g. raw ECG signal) and their technological context (e.g. measurements conditions), clinical variables (e.g. heart rate), and clinical abstractions (e.g. physical exercise target heart rate) and the non-functional quality of data relations between the layers. We use a hierarchical ontology to specify these functional and non-functional relations, which enables the development of technological context and quality-aware telemedicine systems that are able to cope with technological disruptions whilst preserving patient safety.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, BHI 2014
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherIEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-2131-7
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


    • BSS-Technology supported cognitive training
    • Technological Disruptions
    • Telemedicine
    • METIS-305966
    • Quality of Data
    • Quality of Service
    • IR-91583
    • EWI-24948

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