Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 3563–3571 | Cite as

Sharing Personal Health Information Via Service-Oriented Computing: A Case of Long-Term Care

  • Yung-Hsiu Lin
  • Rong-Rong Chen
  • Sophie Huey-Ming Guo
  • Su-Chien Chiang
  • Her-Kun ChangEmail author
Original Paper


Sharing personal health information among healthcare providers is a crucial business process not only for saving limited healthcare resources but also for increasing patient’s healthcare quality. Building an effective personal health information sharing process from established healthcare systems is a challenge in terms of coordination different business operations among healthcare providers and restructuring technical details existed in different healthcare information systems. This study responds this challenge with a service-oriented approach and develops a business software application to describe how the challenge can be alleviated from both managerial and technical perspectives. The software application in this study depicts personal health information sharing process among different providers in a long-term care setting. The information sharing scenario is based on an industrial initiative, such as Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) from healthcare domain and the technologies for implementing the scenario are Web Service technologies from Service-oriented computing paradigm. The implementation in this study can inform healthcare researchers and practitioners applying technologies from service-oriented computing to design and develop healthcare collaborative systems to meet the increasing need for personal health information sharing.


Service-oriented computing Personal health information Web Service Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Long-term care 



This work was partly supported by the National Science Council and Chang Gung University, Taiwan, under grants NSC95-2745-H-182-005-HPU and UARPD3A0151, respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yung-Hsiu Lin
    • 1
  • Rong-Rong Chen
    • 2
  • Sophie Huey-Ming Guo
    • 3
  • Su-Chien Chiang
    • 4
  • Her-Kun Chang
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Information ManagementTa-Hwa Institute of TechnologyHsinchuTaiwan
  2. 2.Service Systems Technology CenterIndustrial Technology Research InstituteHsinchuTaiwan
  3. 3.Graduate Institute of Business and ManagementChang Gung UniversityTaoyuanTaiwan
  4. 4.Institute of Biomedical InformaticsNational Yang-Ming UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  5. 5.Department of Information ManagementChang Gung UniversityTaoyuanTaiwan

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