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Towards Health Care Service Ecosystem Management for the Elderly


Authors: H. Yu, Z. Shen, and C. Leung
Title: Towards Health Care Service Ecosystem Management for the Elderly
Abstract: As an increasing percentage of the global population joining the elderly age group, more financial strain is being placed on health care institutions and governments worldwide. To alleviate this problem, it is necessary to involve volunteers with various skills and backgrounds to help serve part of the elderly’s health care needs. Future health care service digital ecosystems have been envisioned to serve this purpose. However, there is a lack of management mechanisms for them that can holistically balance the goals of various stakeholders. In this paper, we provide a vision to face the challenge of health care service ecosystem from an interdisciplinary perspective. We propose a novel computational approach to simplify the problem of health care service ecosystem management and model it as a constraint optimization problem. By focusing on the stability and efficiency in usage health care information resources, the formulation articulates actionable objectives and constraints to make scalable and real-time solutions possible. Under such a vision, we discuss potential future research directions in the area of utility function formulation, game theoretic analysis and accommodating the special preferences of the elderly.
Keywords: Health care; Service orientation; Digital ecosystem management
Journal Name: International Journal of Information Technology, vol. 19, no. 2
Publisher: Singapore Computer Society
Year: 2013
Accepted PDF File: Towards_Health_Care_Service_Ecosystem_Management_for_the_Elderly_accepted.pdf
Permanent Link: http://intjit.org/journal/volume/19/2/192_2.pdf
Reference: H. Yu, Z. Shen, and C. Leung, “Towards health care service ecosystem management for the elderly,” International Journal of Information Technology, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 1–16, 2013.
bibtex: 
@article{LILY-j5,
   author	= {Yu, Han and Shen, Zhiqi and Leung, Cyril}, 
   title	= {Towards Health Care Service Ecosystem Management for the Elderly}, 
   journal	= {International Journal of Information Technology}, 
   year		= {2013},  
   volume	= {19}, 
   number	= {2}, 
   pages	= {1-16},
   publisher 	= {Singapore Computer Society}, 
}