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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 549282, 10 pages
Research Article

An Integrated Framework to Achieve Interoperability in Person-Centric Health Management

DEIS-ARCES, Università di Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy

Received 23 December 2010; Revised 30 March 2011; Accepted 29 May 2011

Academic Editor: Guy Pare

Copyright © 2011 Fabio Vergari 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.


The need for high-quality out-of-hospital healthcare is a known socioeconomic problem. Exploiting ICT's evolution, ad-hoc telemedicine solutions have been proposed in the past. Integrating such ad-hoc solutions in order to cost-effectively support the entire healthcare cycle is still a research challenge. In order to handle the heterogeneity of relevant information and to overcome the fragmentation of out-of-hospital instrumentation in person-centric healthcare systems, a shared and open source interoperability component can be adopted, which is ontology driven and based on the semantic web data model. The feasibility and the advantages of the proposed approach are demonstrated by presenting the use case of real-time monitoring of patients' health and their environmental context.