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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 279091, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/279091
Research Article

Enhancing E-Health Information Systems with Agent Technology

Department of Computer Science, University of Fribourg, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

Received 30 April 2008; Accepted 1 September 2008

Academic Editor: Yang Xiao

Copyright © 2009 Minh Tuan Nguyen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Agent Technology is an emerging and promising research area in software technology, which increasingly contributes to the development of value-added information systems for large healthcare organizations. Through the MediMAS prototype, resulting from a case study conducted at a local Swiss hospital, this paper aims at presenting the advantages of reinforcing such a complex E-health man-machine information organization with software agents. The latter will work on behalf of human agents, taking care of routine tasks, and thus increasing the speed, the systematic, and ultimately the reliability of the information exchanges. We further claim that the modeling of the software agent layer can be methodically derived from the actual “classical” laboratory organization and practices, as well as seamlessly integrated with the existing information system.