IEEE Intelligent Systems, September/October 2008, pp. 50–57
A Multiagent System for Coordinating Ambulances for Emergency Medical Services
by Beatriz López, Bianca Innocenti, and Dídac Busquets
Emergency transportation on specialized vehicles is needed when a person's health is in risk of irreparable damage. A patient can't benefit from sophisticated medical treatments and technologies if she or he isn't placed in a proper healthcare center with the appropriate medical team. For example, strokes are neurological emergencies involving a limited amount of time in which treatment measures are effective. These situations also require an expert medical practitioner to determine whether the stroke is not hemorrhagic. Only in such a case should the patient receive the medication rt-PA (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator).
About this month's theme: In recent years, trust in computing has been receiving increased attention. With the emphasis on loosely coupled and decentralized systems and the advent of service orientation, trust management has moved beyond the domains of security, multiagent systems, and e-commerce to become a key concern across all aspects of computing. Read more?