Semantic Service Co-Ordination for Emergency Assistance in Mobile e-Health Environments

Nadine Fröhlich, Heikki Helin, Heimo Laamanen, Thorsten Möller, Thomas Schabetsberger, Heiko Schuldt, Christian Stark
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Workshop on Semantic Web in Ubiquitous Healthcare, collocated with the 6th International Semantic We
Busan, South Korea
Emergency assistance requires the timely delivery of relevant patient data in order to improve high quality of treatment. For this, both physicians and patients can benefit from access to services and data via mobile devices, and the underlying system must be able to detect the most suitable services based on the current context of their user. From a systems point of view agent technology, semantic Web Services, peer-to-peer techniques, and mobile computing provide the basis for a novel type of software architecture which facilitates advanced service co-ordination, that is, provision, discovery, composition, and execution of services. The CASCOM project has developed a software architecture that combines all these aspects to provide value-added support for business service providers and users across mobile and fixed networks, especially for e-health environments. The contribution of this paper is twofold. First, we introduce the CASCOM system that seamlessly combines the aforementioned technologies in an innovative way. Second, we report on the evaluation of the system in real world settings in the emergency health care domain.