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Future Internet 2014, 6(1), 126-154; doi:10.3390/fi6010126
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Information Integration Platform for Patient-Centric Healthcare Services: Design, Prototype and Dependability Aspects

Department of Information and Communication Technology, University of Agder, Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad 4879, Norway
Received: 1 November 2013 / Revised: 30 January 2014 / Accepted: 8 February 2014 / Published: 6 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Toward people aware IoT)
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Abstract

Technology innovations have pushed today’s healthcare sector to an unprecedented new level. Various portable and wearable medical and fitness devices are being sold in the consumer market to provide the self-empowerment of a healthier lifestyle to society. Many vendors provide additional cloud-based services for devices they manufacture, enabling the users to visualize, store and share the gathered information through the Internet. However, most of these services are integrated with the devices in a closed “silo” manner, where the devices can only be used with the provided services. To tackle this issue, an information integration platform (IIP) has been developed to support communications between devices and Internet-based services in an event-driven fashion by adopting service-oriented architecture (SOA) principles and a publish/subscribe messaging pattern. It follows the “Internet of Things” (IoT) idea of connecting everyday objects to various networks and to enable the dissemination of the gathered information to the global information space through the Internet. A patient-centric healthcare service environment is chosen as the target scenario for the deployment of the platform, as this is a domain where IoT can have a direct positive impact on quality of life enhancement. This paper describes the developed platform, with emphasis on dependability aspects, including availability, scalability and security.
Keywords: Internet of Things; integration platform; middleware; REST; publish/subscribe; availability; scalability; security; healthcare Internet of Things; integration platform; middleware; REST; publish/subscribe; availability; scalability; security; healthcare
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Dafferianto Trinugroho, Y.B. Information Integration Platform for Patient-Centric Healthcare Services: Design, Prototype and Dependability Aspects. Future Internet 2014, 6, 126-154.

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