1st International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Facilitating Dynamic Schedules for Healthcare Professionals

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/PCTHEALTH.2006.361652,
        author={Cormac Driver and Eamonn Linehan and Mike Spence and Shiu Lun Tsang and Laura Chan and Siobhan Clarke},
        title={Facilitating Dynamic Schedules for Healthcare Professionals},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={context-aware scheduling pervasive computing pahealthcare trails},
  • Cormac Driver
    Eamonn Linehan
    Mike Spence
    Shiu Lun Tsang
    Laura Chan
    Siobhan Clarke
    Year: 2007
    Facilitating Dynamic Schedules for Healthcare Professionals
    DOI: 10.1109/PCTHEALTH.2006.361652
Cormac Driver1,*, Eamonn Linehan1,*, Mike Spence1,*, Shiu Lun Tsang1,*, Laura Chan2,*, Siobhan Clarke1,*
  • 1: Distributed Systems Group, Computer Science Department, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Phone: +353-1-608 1765.
  • 2: Northern Ontario Family Medicine seen emergent activities that are a feature of hospital life. For (NOFM) Program.
*Contact email: cormac.driver@cs.tcd.ie, eamonn.linehan@cs.tcd.ie, mike.spende@cs.tcd.ie, shiulun.tsang@cs.tcd.ie, Laura.Chan@normed.ca, siobhan.clarke@cs.tcd.ie


Healthcare professionals working in highly dynamic hospital environments typically have correspondingly dynamic schedules that are difficult to manage. Emergent tasks and shifting priorities result in existing schedules becoming obsolete. Pervasive computing technology can aid Healthcare professionals in organising daily activities by exploiting knowledge of planned and emerging tasks, of patients and colleagues, and of the general state of the working environment. The Hermes software framework at Trinity College Dublin supports the development of mobile applications for human activity management that exploits such environmental knowledge. Supported applications are based on the concept of a trail. This paper describes the Hermes framework and illustrates how it can be used to implement applications that can automatically reorganise the schedules of healthcare workers based on sensed changes in their environment