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Studies from University of Leipzig Further Understanding of Health and Medical Informatics

June 24, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A new study on Health and Medical Informatics is now available. According to news reporting originating in Leipzig, Germany, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "This article is part of the Focus Theme of Methods of Information in Medicine on 'Using Data from Ambient Assisted Living and Smart Homes in Electronic Health Records'. Concepts of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) support a long-term health monitoring and further medical and other services for multi-morbid patients with chronic diseases."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Leipzig, "In Germany many AAL and telemedical applications exist. Synergy effects by common agreements for essential application components and standards are not achieved. It is necessary to define a communication architecture which is based on common definitions of communication scenarios, application components and communication standards. The development of a communication architecture requires different steps. To gain a reference model for the problem area different AAL and telemedicine projects were compared and relevant data elements were generalized. The derived reference model defines standardized communication links. As a result the authors present an approach towards a reference architecture for AAL-communication. The focus of the architecture lays on the communication layer. The necessary application components are identified and a communication based on standards and their extensions is highlighted."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The exchange of patient individual events supported by an event classification model, raw and aggregated data from the personal home area over a telemedicine center to health care providers is possible."

For more information on this research see: Communication Architecture for AAL Supporting Patient Care by Health Care Providers in AAL-enhanced Living Quarters. Methods of Information in Medicine, 2014;53(3):167-172. Methods of Information in Medicine can be contacted at: Schattauer Gmbh-Verlag Medizin Naturwissenschaften, Holderlinstrasse 3, D-70174 Stuttgart, Germany.

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Nitzsche, University of Leipzig, Inst Med Informat Stat & Epidemiol, D-04109 Leipzig, Germany. Additional authors for this research include S. Thiele, A. Haber and A. Winter.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Leipzig, Germany, Health and Medical Informatics

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