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Journal of Medical Systems, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2001 An Intelligent Tele-Healthcare Environment Offering

Summary: Journal of Medical Systems, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2001
An Intelligent Tele-Healthcare Environment Offering
Person-Centric and Wellness-Maintenance Services
Syed Sibte Raza Abidi1
Worldwide healthcare delivery trends are undergoing a subtle paradigm shift--patient
centerd services as opposed to provider centerd services and wellness maintenance
as opposed to illness management. In this paper we present a Tele-Healthcare project
TIDE--Tele-Healthcare Information and Diagnostic Environment. TIDE mani-
fests an `intelligent' healthcare environment that aims to ensure lifelong coverage
of person-specific health maintenance decision-support services--i.e., both wellness
maintenance and illness management services--ubiquitously available via the Inter-
net/WWW. Taking on an all-encompassing health maintenance role--spanning from
wellness to illness issues--the functionality of TIDE involves the generation and de-
livery of (a) Personalized, Pro-active, Persistent, Perpetual, and Presentwellness
maintenance services, and (b) remote diagnostic services for managing noncritical
illnesses. Technically, TIDE is an amalgamation of diverse computer technologies--
Artificial Intelligence, Internet, Multimedia, Databases, and Medical Informatics--to
implement a sophisticated healthcare delivery infostructure.
KEY WORDS: Tele-Healthcare; wellness maintenance; intelligent systems; person-centric services;
personalised lifetime health plan.


Source: Abidi, Syed Sibte Raza - Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences