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Future Directions of Applying Healthcare Cloud for Home-based Chronic Disease Care
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Creative Technologies.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Creative Technologies.
2017 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The care of chronic disease has become the main challenge for healthcare institutions around the world. To meet the growing needs of patients, moving the front desk of healthcare from hospital to home is essential. Recently, cloud computing has been applied to healthcare domain; however, adapting to and using this technology effectively for home-based care is still in its initial phase. We have proposed a conceptual hybrid cloud model for home-based chronic disease care, and have evaluated its future feasibility by a case study of diabetes care in Blekinge, Sweden. In this paper, we discuss some possible future opportunities and challenges to apply this cloud model with the huge population for home-based chronic diseases care. To apply this model in practice, a professional IT healthcare education team is needed for both healthcare providers and healthcare recipients. For home-based healthcare, a monitoring system with an automatic alarm to healthcare providers is also necessary in some cases. Also, how to record and integrate excises data through wearable devices in a cloud should be considered. Given the high demand, sharing medical images through the cloud should be another research focus.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IARIA XPS Press , 2017.
Keyword [en]
future trends, hybrid cloud, chronic diseases, home-based care
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-14016ISBN: 978-1-61208-540-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-14016DiVA: diva2:1082557
Conference
The Ninth International Conference on eHealth, telemedicine and Social Medicine (eTELEMED), Nice
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open access

Available from: 2017-03-17 Created: 2017-03-17 Last updated: 2017-03-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Cloud Computing for Achieving Interoperability in Home-based Healthcare
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The care of chronic disease has become the main challenge for healthcare institutions around the world. As the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases continue to increase, it is a big challenge for traditional hospital-based healthcare to meet requirements of patients. To meet the growing needs of patients, moving the front desk of healthcare from hospital to home is essential. Home-based healthcare for chronic disease involves many different organizations and healthcare providers. Therefore, there are interoperability problems for cooperation among the various organizations and healthcare providers to provide efficient and seamless home-based healthcare. 

This thesis aims to point out an appropriate technical solution to interoperability problems in home-based healthcare. There are different levels of interoperability, such as pragmatic, semantic and syntactic. We explored alternative solutions specifically for syntactic interoperability. We started to identify the interoperability problems among different healthcare centers by interviews and online surveys. Based on this empirical study, we mainly used two current techniques, namely peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and cloud computing, to design prototypes for sharing healthcare data. Comparing these two techniques, we found the cloud-based solution figured out most of the problems encountered in healthcare interoperability. 

To identify state of the art, and pinpoint the challenges and possible future directions for applying a cloud-based solution, a systematic literature review was carried out on cloud-based healthcare solutions. Based on the literature reviewed, we suggest a hybrid cloud model, with access controls and techniques for securing data, could be an acceptable solution for home-based healthcare in the future. This cloud model would work as a community for both healthcare providers and recipients, as well as other stakeholders, such as family members and other patients with similar symptoms. Then we conducted a questionnaire study with healthcare recipients and interviewed healthcare providers to gather the requirements for the design of the community. Based on the concept of ‘community’ from the activity theory model, we designed a prototype to demonstrate our proposed solution.   

Finally, we proposed the conceptual hybrid cloud model. In our hybrid cloud model, hospitals and primary healthcare centers could continue using their own databases as private clouds. For home-based healthcare data, we argued, the best approach is to store and process the data in public clouds. Healthcare recipients, as the owners of their health data in public clouds, should then decide who can access their data and the conditions for sharing. To evaluate this model, we conducted a two-step case study of diabetes healthcare in Blekinge, Sweden. We found that our improved hybrid cloud model will be feasible in the future for home-based healthcare, and it will benefit both healthcare providers and recipients.

To apply this model in practice, we suggest that a professional IT healthcare education team should be created to support both healthcare providers and recipients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2017
Series
Blekinge Institute of Technology Doctoral Dissertation Series, ISSN 1653-2090 ; 5
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-14017 (URN)978-91-7295-338-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-04-28, J1650, Campus Gräsvik, Karlskrona, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-17 Created: 2017-03-17 Last updated: 2017-04-05Bibliographically approved

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