1st International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Services and Policies for Care At Home

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/PCTHEALTH.2006.361701,
        author={Feng  Wang and Liam S.  Docherty and Kenneth J.  Turner and Mario  Kolberg and Evan H.  Magill},
        title={Services and Policies for Care At Home},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={Home Care Open Services Gateway initiative Policy-Based Management Serrvice Discovery.},
  • Feng Wang
    Liam S. Docherty
    Kenneth J. Turner
    Mario Kolberg
    Evan H. Magill
    Year: 2007
    Services and Policies for Care At Home
    DOI: 10.1109/PCTHEALTH.2006.361701
Feng Wang1,*, Liam S. Docherty1,*, Kenneth J. Turner1,*, Mario Kolberg1,*, Evan H. Magill1,*
  • 1: Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
*Contact email: fw@cs.stir.ac.uk, lsd@cs.stir.ac.uk, kjt@cs.stir.ac.uk, mko@cs.stir.ac.uk, ehm@cs.stir.ac.uk


It is argued that various factors including the increasingly ageing population will require more care services to be delivered to users in their own homes. Desirable characteristics of such services are outlined. The Open Services Gateway initiative has been adopted as a widely accepted framework that is particularly suitable for developing home care services. Service discovery in this context is enhanced through ontologies that achieve greater flexibility and precision in service description. A service ontology stack allows common concepts to be extended for new services. The architecture of a policy system for home care is explained. This is used for flexible creation and control of new services. The core policy language and its extension for home care are introduced, and illustrated through typical examples. Future extensions of the approach are discussed.