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Issue No. 08 - August (2011 vol. 23)
ISSN: 1041-4347
pp: 1244-1260
Pasquale De Meo , University Mediterranea de Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria
Giovanni Quattrone , University Mediterranea de Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria
Domenico Ursino , University Mediterranea de Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria
In this paper, we present a multiagent system to support patients in search of healthcare services in an e-health scenario. The proposed system is HL7-aware in that it represents both patient and service information according to the directives of HL7, the information management standard adopted in medical context. Our system builds a profile for each patient and uses it to detect Healthcare Service Providers delivering e-health services potentially capable of satisfying his needs. In order to handle this search it can exploit three different algorithms: the first, called PPB, uses only information stored in the patient profile; the second, called DS-PPB, considers both information stored in the patient profile and similarities among the e-health services delivered by the involved providers; the third, called AB, relies on {\rm A}{\bf^*}, a popular search algorithm in Artificial Intelligence. Our system builds also a social network of patients; once a patient submits a query and retrieves a set of services relevant to him, our system applies a spreading activation technique on this social network to find other patients who may benefit from these services.
Intelligent agents, multiagent systems, healthcare, human-centered computing, knowledge personalization and customization, HL7, personalized search of services.

P. De Meo, D. Ursino and G. Quattrone, "Integration of the HL7 Standard in a Multiagent System to Support Personalized Access to e-Health Services," in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge & Data Engineering, vol. 23, no. , pp. 1244-1260, 2010.
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