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J Telemed Telecare. 2010;16(1):42-7. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2009.001011.

Design and implementation of a secure and user-friendly broker platform supporting the end-to-end provisioning of e-homecare services.

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Department of Information Technology, Ghent University, Belgium.


We designed a broker platform for e-homecare services using web service technology. The broker allows efficient data communication and guarantees quality requirements such as security, availability and cost-efficiency by dynamic selection of services, minimizing user interactions and simplifying authentication through a single user sign-on. A prototype was implemented, with several e-homecare services (alarm, telemonitoring, audio diary and video-chat). It was evaluated by patients with diabetes and multiple sclerosis. The patients found that the start-up time and overhead imposed by the platform was satisfactory. Having all e-homecare services integrated into a single application, which required only one login, resulted in a high quality of experience for the patients.

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