A Model-Driven Approach to Create and Maintain an Executable Transferal Management Platform

Emanuele Laurenzi


My work falls within the eHealth application domain and it is embedded into the just started research project Patient Radar. The Patient Radar project wants to facilitate intersectoral collaboration within the inpatient sector, also called “transferal management”, i.e. between acute hospitals and rehabilitation clinics in Switzerland. My research aims at supporting and optimizing such a collaboration by setting up a framework which adopts a model-driven approach to enable the creation and maintenance of a transferal management platform. The model-driven approach makes the platform highly configurable to accommodate new clinical pathways and be easily extendable to include additional functions to meet future needs. All domain-specific aspects are described declaratively in application models. Hence, domain experts will be able to create/use/manage application models with no required programming skills. To provide an executable platform, models are first specified in the formal semantics description logics and then their elements are mapped to corresponding elements in an application framework. In this way, we will ensure that executable code can be derived from all application models. Additionally, the transferal management platform includes reference models from which domain experts can easily create and adapt application models.


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Laurenzi E. (2014). A Model-Driven Approach to Create and Maintain an Executable Transferal Management Platform . In Doctoral Consortium - DCSOFT, (ICSOFT 2014) ISBN Not Available, pages 14-20

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title={A Model-Driven Approach to Create and Maintain an Executable Transferal Management Platform},
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