Mobile virtual communities for telemedicine: research challenges and opportunities


Beijnum, B.J.F. van and Pawar, P. and Dulawan, C.B. and Hermens, H.J. (2009) Mobile virtual communities for telemedicine: research challenges and opportunities. International journal of computer science & applications, 6 (2). pp. 19-37. ISSN 0972-9038

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Abstract:Today’s mobile devices have become increasingly powerful with enhanced features such as increased CPU power and memory, internet connectivity in multiple ways (multi-homing) and interfacing with external peripheral devices (for instance GPS receiver, medical sensors). The proliferation of these mobile devices combined with an increasing willingness of users to share information available on and around mobile device (e.g. location, user activity) has given rise to Mobile Virtual Communities (MVC). This way, social interaction is now feasible anywhere and anytime. In another paradigm referred to as telemedicine, information and communication technologies are being investigated and employed in areas such as health maintenance and alleviation, cure and prevention of diseases. In general, (mobile) virtual communities have been explored in the telemedicine domain where they were found to be promising in many cases. However, evidence for their effectiveness has yet to be established. With this background and based on our expertise with MVCs and telemedicine, we address a number of aspects including: 1) basic concepts in telemedicine and MVC and analysis of effectiveness and success factors of MVCs in the telemedicine domain; 2) a prototype architecture addressing mobility issues for the MVC in the telemedicine domain; and 3) reflection on the opportunities and research challenges involved in using MVCs in the telemedicine domain.
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