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User-Centered Ubiquitous Multi-Agent Model for e-Health Web-Based Recommender Applications Development

  • Santiago Álvarez
  • Oscar Salazar
  • Demetrio Ovalle
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 365)

Abstract

Despite recent progress in e-health system development, there are still significant problems in health service recommendation processes such as searching for healthcare specialists or medical appointments in hospitals and healthcare centers. Also, there are not so many e-health user-centered systems that provide assistance and good recommendations to users at any time in the location they are situated. The aim of this paper is to propose a model based on the integration of several approaches such as: ubiquitous computing, adaptive and recommender systems, web-based and user-centered multi-agent systems, and ontologies. In addition, an e-health web-based system prototype was built based on this model adopting mechanisms to search for information from anywhere and anytime, thus providing ubiquity characteristics. Finally, we present the validation of the U-MAS-HEALTH system by means of a case study.

Keywords

e-health user-centered ubiquitous systems multi-agent systems recommender systems adaptive systems web-based applications ontologies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Santiago Álvarez
    • 1
  • Oscar Salazar
    • 1
  • Demetrio Ovalle
    • 1
  1. 1.Sede Medellín - Facultad de MinasUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaColombia

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