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Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on e-Health Services and Technologies

July 5-8, 2008, in Porto, Portugal

ISBN: 978-989-8111-56-2

Conference Link: http://www.icsoft.org/

Foreword: This volume contains the proceedings of the Second International Workshop on e-Health Services and Technologies (EHST 2008), held on July 7 in Porto, Portugal, in conjunction with the Third International Conference on Software and Data Technologies (ICSOFT 2008). Focusing on an actual multi-disciplinary domain, namely e-Health, the Second International Workshop on e-Health Services and Technologies, EHST 2008 aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners whose work has impact on the development of actual healthcare-related technologies. e-Health has emerged as an inspiring domain where advanced IT solutions could facilitate activities of huge societal relevance. Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) provide increasingly powerful tools improving the delivery of basic services, as acknowledged by the United Nations Development Programme. Web- Service Technology (WST) is an example of that. WST has emerged and successfully developed as an implementation of the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), having an impact on the healthcare services provisioning. Advances in ICT are leading to a reduction in both the cost and size of sensors, monitors and other medical equipment. Advances in WST (in particular) are allowing for the development and use of powerful automated intelligent systems that adequately support healthcare processes. Relevant technological trends concern increasingly pervasive sensing networks, higher processing power and the ability to transfer data more quickly through both wired and wireless systems. We witness thus the emergence of a new technology-research-application-related area: the area of e-Health. Particularly driven by this (general) research focus, we are interested in the development and use of e-Health services as well as in their related technologies. Such services could actually be executed by ICT applications, being provided on a global scale, through distributed computing environments. e-Health services could thus bring tremendous support to medical doctors and nurses, by allowing them, for example, to realize 24-7 remote patient (vital-sign) monitoring. Such useful improvements could make care-provisioning more accessible to broad societal circles – healthcare cost would go down if human healthcare workers are (partially) substituted by automated systems. Hence EHST 2008 fundamentally focuses on e-Health services and their related technologies, with a particular stress on the modeling of complex e-Health technology-driven service-provisioning systems. In approaching such services though, we are mainly concerned with Tele-Monitoring and Tele-Treatment, as two essential directions of supporting healthcare through advanced technology. By Tele-Monitoring we mean the monitoring of the patient’s condition (including the monitoring of vital signs, such as blood sugar and blood pressure), supported by technology systems. By Tele-Treatment we mean performing some forms of treatment from distance, for example through actuators. These two research directions essentially concern the Mobility aspect since both Tele-Monitoring and Tele-Treatment are realized from distance, through advanced mobile devices. There are open questions however, concerning the reliability of mobile technology ‘any time any place’, the operation of devices and batteries in ‘real’ conditions, and so on. The mentioned Mobility aspect points also to the desired capability of (e-Health) systems to adequately react on changes in their environment, referred to as context awareness. We acknowledge thus that technologydriven healthcare systems could only be really useful if they are contextaware. Finally, even though current technology helps offering powerful support, by providing the patient with complex and constant healthcare service (while keeping him/her in his/her own environment), there are important related concerns, such as security and privacy, which need to be also addressed, since providing powerful (remote) support to patients would only make adequate value if patients’ data is treated in a secure and privacy-sensitive way. The goal of EHST 2008 is therefore to address the fundamental modeling challenges related to e-Health services and technologies. We believe that the workshop will contribute to the dissemination of relevant research results, supporting in this way the wider applicability of advanced technology in healthcare. Following the EHST 2008 Call for Papers, 6 (out of 13) paper submissions were selected and registered as full papers, for a 30-minutes oral presentation, and one paper was selected for a poster presentation during the workshop and for publication in these proceedings. Each of the papers submitted went through a thorough review process with at least 2 reviews per paper. Considering the impressive EHST Program Committee consisting of outstanding researchers, and taking into account the professionalism of the authors, we are confident that all selected papers are of good quality. Taking this opportunity, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all people who have contributed to EHST 2008, including the authors and the program committee members. We would also like to thank Mónica Saramago, for the excellent organizational support. Finally, we appreciate the opportunity given by the ICSOFT Chairs, José Cordeiro and Alpesh Ranchordas, to organize this workshop in conjunction with ICSOFT 2008 as well as the inspiring support of the President of INSTICC, Joaquim Filipe. We wish all presenters and attendees an inspiring workshop as well as a nice stay in the beautiful city of Porto. (More)


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