Service Realization and Compositions Issues in the Homecare Domain

Alireza Zarghami, Mohammed Zarifi Eslami, Brahmananda Sapkota, Marten J. van Sinderen

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    Most of the industrialized countries are facing a new situation which is the increasing number of elderly people and the enormous cost of associated healthcare. IT-based homecare services have been proposed as a solution to alleviate this problem. However, the adoption of the homecare services is hindered by the fact that there are many heterogeneous IT solutions, which prevent interoperability and integration of existing as well as future applications. Service-Oriented Architecture and its advantage of service composition in a loosely- coupled manner are being considered as a promising approach to promote interoperability. In this paper, we explain our motivation for and understanding of a generic service-oriented homecare platform. We consider the SOA paradigm and its idea of logical separation of concerns to define a service realization and composition framework and to identify its challenges in order to realize and compose the homecare services. Using our framework, we evaluate three academic homecare projects to see how they address the identified challenges. The work presented in this paper helps researchers to understand the state-of-the-art of homecare-related platforms and technologies; and to outline issues for further research in the homecare domain.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationICSOFT 2011 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Software and Data Technologies
    Place of PublicationSpain
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-989-8425-76-8
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
    Event6th International Conference on Software and Data Technologies, ICSOFT 2011 - Seville, Spain
    Duration: 18 Jul 201121 Jul 2011
    Conference number: 6

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    Conference6th International Conference on Software and Data Technologies, ICSOFT 2011
    Abbreviated titleICSOFT
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    • METIS-284950
    • Independent living
    • IR-79157
    • Well being
    • Service realization
    • EWI-21135
    • SOA
    • Homecare platform
    • Homecare
    • SCS-Services
    • Service Composition

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