COMMUNICATION OF MEDICAL INFORMATION USING AGENTS

John McGrory, Frank Clarke, Jane Grimson, Peter Gaffney

Abstract

Agents are self-contained software entities which act faithfully and autonomously on behalf of a body of knowledge. They can operate in a standalone capacity, or as part of a social group collaborating and coordinating activities with other software agents. To access their knowledge, agents are interfaced with using message passing communication. The principle behind medical communications is to provide a means for exchanging information and knowledge from one computerised location to another, whilst preserving its true meaning and understanding between the listener and sender. Agent communication is similar to medical communications, but must provide an additional framework element to allow agents to interact at a social and operational level. Social aspects relate to agents collaborating on shared objectives, and operational aspects relate to coordination of tasks between the loosely coupled agents working as part of a group. Medical communications focus on data exchanges specific to the medical domain, while agent communication was designed for a much broader audience. Therefore, it is essential to verify if agent communications can support standard medical data exchanges. This paper investigates current forms of agent based communications and demonstrates they can support medical communication, yet retain their social and interaction information exchange functionality.

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in Harvard Style

McGrory J., Clarke F., Grimson J. and Gaffney P. (2008). COMMUNICATION OF MEDICAL INFORMATION USING AGENTS . In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2008) ISBN 978-989-8111-16-6, pages 81-86. DOI: 10.5220/0001036400810086


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf08,
author={John McGrory and Frank Clarke and Jane Grimson and Peter Gaffney},
title={COMMUNICATION OF MEDICAL INFORMATION USING AGENTS},
booktitle={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2008)},
year={2008},
pages={81-86},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001036400810086},
isbn={978-989-8111-16-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2008)
TI - COMMUNICATION OF MEDICAL INFORMATION USING AGENTS
SN - 978-989-8111-16-6
AU - McGrory J.
AU - Clarke F.
AU - Grimson J.
AU - Gaffney P.
PY - 2008
SP - 81
EP - 86
DO - 10.5220/0001036400810086