To support cooperative work in medical care, computer technology should either augment the capabilities of individual specialists and enhance their ability of interacting with each other and with computational resources. Thus, a major shift is needed from centralized first generation Hospital Information Systems to distributed environments composed of several interconnected agents, cooperating in maintaining a full track of the patient clinical history and supporting health care providers in all the phases of the patient management process. No matter of his condition, the patient will undergo a set of treatments, which demand careful monitoring activity must be planned in search for any possible alerting finding which, in a normal state, would have been flatly discarded.
This thesis was part of my undergraduate studies in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Dept. of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In the context of this thesis, we discuss a methodology for the implementation of a software agent designed to improve the health care delivery process. The underlying idea entails the incremental construction and maintenance of a consistent patient model shared by each cooperating agent. That model allows either storage and retrieval of patient information as well as generating a suitable interpretation based on that information with a view to help professionals in accomplish their daily tasks.
S. E. Trevlakis, “Development of clinic management environment,” Diploma Thesis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, Mar. 2016.