Design and implementation of semantically enriched web services in the healthcare domain

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Healthcare Informatics suffers from the lack of information exchange among domain partners. Allowing cooperation among distributed and heterogeneous applications is a major need of current healthcare information systems. Beyond the communication and integration problems, medical information itself is by nature complex, combined with data and knowledge. The increasing number of standards and representation of the same data in different structures using these standards constitute another problem in the domain. Platform and implementation independency makes Web service technology the natural way to solve the interoperability problems in the healthcare domain. Standardizing the access to data through WSDL and SOAP rather than standardizing the electronic health record will help to overcome the integration problems among different standards in medical information systems. However, introducing Web services to the healthcare systems will not suffice to solve the problems in the domain unless the semantics of the services are exploited. This thesis aims to show that by generating web services and classifying these services through their functionalities, it is possible to achieve the interoperability among healthcare institutes, such as hospitals. The designed system is based on Artemis P2P Framework, and the annotation of the system is realized in the same framework.


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Citation Formats
Ü. L. Altıntakan, “Design and implementation of semantically enriched web services in the healthcare domain,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.