The cloud paradigm applied to e-Health

Jordi Vilaplana, Francesc Solsona, Francesc Abella, Rosa Filgueira, Josep Rius

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Abstract

Background: Cloud computing is a new paradigm that is changing how enterprises, institutions and people understand, perceive and use current software systems. With this paradigm, the organizations have no need to maintain their own servers, nor host their own software. Instead, everything is moved to the cloud and provided on demand, saving energy, physical space and technical staff. Cloud-based system architectures provide many advantages in terms of scalability, maintainability and massive data processing.

Methods. We present the design of an e-health cloud system, modelled by an M/M/m queue with QoS capabilities, i.e. maximum waiting time of requests.

Results: Detailed results for the model formed by a Jackson network of two M/M/m queues from the queueing theory perspective are presented. These results show a significant performance improvement when the number of servers increases.

Conclusions: Platform scalability becomes a critical issue since we aim to provide the system with high Quality of Service (QoS). In this paper we define an architecture capable of adapting itself to different diseases and growing numbers of patients. This platform could be applied to the medical field to greatly enhance the results of those therapies that have an important psychological component, such as addictions and chronic diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number35
JournalBMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Cloud systems
  • e-Health
  • Quality of service
  • Queue systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics

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