5th International Workshop on Agents Applied in Health Care

Research Article

Agent-Based Careflow for Patient-Centred Palliative Care

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_36,
        author={Ji Ruan and Wendy MacCaull and Heather Jewers},
        title={Agent-Based Careflow for Patient-Centred Palliative Care},
        proceedings={5th International Workshop on Agents Applied in Health Care},
        proceedings_a={A2HC},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Agent-based Modelling Patient-centred Palliative Care Workflow Scheduling Monitoring Formal Methods},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_36}
    }
    
  • Ji Ruan
    Wendy MacCaull
    Heather Jewers
    Year: 2012
    Agent-Based Careflow for Patient-Centred Palliative Care
    A2HC
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_36
Ji Ruan1,*, Wendy MacCaull1,*, Heather Jewers1,*
  • 1: St. Francis Xavier University
*Contact email: ji@jiruan.net, wmaccaul@stfx.ca, mjewers@stfx.ca

Abstract

In this paper, we propose the use of an agent-based architecture to enhance workflow system capacity to support interprofessional, patient-centred palliative care delivery. This paper outlines the concept of palliative care and describes how agents can be used to assist care providers to address the needs of the patient and family. Agents are described in terms of the services they provide, and the dependencies among them (which determine the information flow, facilitating the communication and collaboration among the patient and care providers). We present how this architecture integrates with a healthcare workflow system and discuss the issues of work assignment, scheduling and monitoring.