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A Mobile Multi-Agent Information System for Ubiquitous Fetal Monitoring
Department of Industrial Engineering & Management, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuan-Tung Rd., Chung-Li City, Taoyuan County 320, Taiwan
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tri-service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center (Taipei MJ Health Screening Center), Taipei 100, Taiwan
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Received: 9 November 2013; in revised form: 11 December 2013 / Accepted: 12 December 2013 / Published: 2 January 2014
Abstract: Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) systems integrate many previously separate clinical activities related to fetal monitoring. Promoting the use of ubiquitous fetal monitoring services with real time status assessments requires a robust information platform equipped with an automatic diagnosis engine. This paper presents the design and development of a mobile multi-agent platform-based open information systems (IMAIS) with an automated diagnosis engine to support intensive and distributed ubiquitous fetal monitoring. The automatic diagnosis engine that we developed is capable of analyzing data in both traditional paper-based and digital formats. Issues related to interoperability, scalability, and openness in heterogeneous e-health environments are addressed through the adoption of a FIPA2000 standard compliant agent development platform—the Java Agent Development Environment (JADE). Integrating the IMAIS with light-weight, portable fetal monitor devices allows for continuous long-term monitoring without interfering with a patient’s everyday activities and without restricting her mobility. The system architecture can be also applied to vast monitoring scenarios such as elder care and vital sign monitoring.
Keywords: mobile agent technology; Java Agent Development Environment (JADE); Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM); automated diagnosis
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Su, C.-J.; Chu, T.-W. A Mobile Multi-Agent Information System for Ubiquitous Fetal Monitoring. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 600-625.
Su C-J, Chu T-W. A Mobile Multi-Agent Information System for Ubiquitous Fetal Monitoring. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(1):600-625.
Su, Chuan-Jun; Chu, Ta-Wei. 2014. "A Mobile Multi-Agent Information System for Ubiquitous Fetal Monitoring." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 11, no. 1: 600-625.