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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 536237, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/536237
Research Article

Arogyasree: An Enhanced Grid-Based Approach to Mobile Telemedicine

Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036, India

Received 5 October 2009; Accepted 18 February 2010

Academic Editor: Sajid Hussain

Copyright © 2010 Sriram Kailasam 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

A typical telemedicine system involves a small set of hospitals providing remote healthcare services to a small section of the society using dedicated nodal centers. However, in developing nations like India where majority live in rural areas that lack specialist care, we envision the need for much larger Internet-based telemedicine systems that would enable a large pool of doctors and hospitals to collectively provide healthcare services to entire populations. We propose a scalable, Internet-based P2P architecture for telemedicine integrating multiple hospitals, mobile medical specialists, and rural mobile units. This system, based on the store and forward model, features a distributed context-aware scheduler for providing timely and location-aware telemedicine services. Other features like zone-based overlay structure and persistent object space abstraction make the system efficient and easy to use. Lastly, the system uses the existing internet infrastructure and supports mobility at doctor and patient ends.