Technical Evaluation of an E-Health Platform

Lo, O., Fan, L., Buchanan, W., Thuemmler, C. (2012). Technical Evaluation of an E-Health Platform. IADIS E-Health 2012, , (), 21-28.


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Abstract

Methodologies for evaluation of e-Health platforms are still lacking. We propose an e-Health evaluation framework that aims to provide a concise methodology for the evaluation of e-Health platforms under three main categories: usability evaluation, logistics evaluation and technical evaluation. For the scope of this paper, focus is given on defining techniques to enable the gathering of technical evaluation metrics using our proposed framework. Technical evaluation provides insight on the scalability, response time, functionality and performance of an e-Health platform. Using simulated patient data, preliminary evaluation experiments carried out on an existing e-Health platform, known as the Cloud4Health platform, proves the viability of our defined methodology for gathering of technical evaluation metrics. Experimental results showed up to 100 simulated patient's data could interact with the Cloud4Health platform concurrently with a maximum round-trip time latency value of 6.6 seconds for data samples to be processed. Future work aims to build upon this evaluation framework and develop techniques to gather both usability and logistics evaluation metrics when conducting evaluation of e-Health platforms.
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Authors

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
w.buchanan@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2759
Owen Lo
Research Fellow
o.lo@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455
Lu Fan
Senior Research Fellow
l.fan@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2438
Christoph Thuemmler
Professor
c.thuemmler@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2758

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Keywords: e-health, security