Conducting Performance Evaluation of an e-Health Platform
Thuemmler, C. (2013). Conducting Performance Evaluation of an e-Health Platform. In: Issa, T.,
Kommers, P. (Eds.) Information Systems and Technology for Organizations in a Networked Society, , () ( ed.). (pp. 295-315). Hershey, PA.: . IGI Global Publishing.
For increased awareness and adoption of e-Health implementations, results from evaluation must be catered towards three primary perspectives: organizational, end-user and technical perspective. This chapter addresses the issue of conducting performance evaluation of e-Health for the technical perspective. The authors present the design of metrics that enable them to evaluate the scalability, functionality and reliability of e-Health implementations. Using simulated patient data, experiments are conducted on an existing e-Health platform using their defined metrics. Results show that 100 simulated patient’s data may interact with the e-Health platform under evaluation with a maximum round-trip time latency value of 6.6 seconds. By building upon the techniques the authors have used to conduct performance evaluation of e-Health implementations, along with the design of methodologies to enable evaluation to take place for the two other perspectives, i.e. end-user and organizational perspectives, the authors hope to see greater support for this technology in the near future.
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