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A sustainable software architecture for eHealth system-of-systems

Grant number: 17/22107-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2018
Effective date (End): July 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computing Methodologies and Techniques
Principal researcher:Elisa Yumi Nakagawa
Grantee:Milena Guessi Margarido
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07375-0 - CeMEAI - Center for Mathematical Sciences Applied to Industry, AP.CEPID
Associated scholarship(s):18/24173-5 - Analysis of eHealth systems in Canada and Brazil, BE.EP.PD


eHealth could combine a number of heterogeneous and independent systems, such as for electronic health records, electronic medical records, health information systems, hospital management systems, and regulation systems, aiming to improve the quality of and the access to health care services. By systematically collecting and processing data about patients, eHealth could enable health care providers (including physicians, hospitals, nurses, and government health agencies) to respond more quickly and effectively to adverse situations. In this scenario, eHealth could be considered a System-of-Systems (SoS) that is evolutionarily developed from geographically distributed, independent constituent systems. The problem addressed in this project rises from the inherent difficulty of enabling the interoperability among constituents of an eHealth SoS, which can lead to patient care impairment and even death due to inefficient, incompatible eHealth systems, including Brazilian health systems.The main objective of this project is to create a software architecture for a real eHealth SoS that is designed to cope with changing constituent systems and operational environments, i.e., its architecture must be sustainable.This architecture will be quantitatively and qualitatively evaluated with stakeholders and health care providers at the Medical School of Ribeirão Preto (FMRP-USP). As main result, this architecture is expected to support the development and evolution of this eHealth SoS, which will also meet the particular needs of Brazilian health institutions. Moreover, this project will further the contributions of the candidate's doctorate project (FAPESP 2012/24290-5, 01/06/2013 to 30/09/2017) and a larger research project (FAPESP 2017/06195-9, 01/07/2017 to 30/06/2019) being developed in collaboration with international research institutions.

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LANA, CRISTIANE APARECIDA; GUESSI, MILENA; ANTONINO, PABLO OLIVEIRA; ROMBACH, DIETER; NAKAGAWA, ELISA YUMI. A Systematic Identification of Formal and Semi-Formal Languages and Techniques for Software-Intensive Systems-of-Systems Requirements Modeling. IEEE SYSTEMS JOURNAL, v. 13, n. 3, p. 2201-2212, . (17/22107-2, 17/06195-9, 15/06195-3)
DIAS VALLE, PEDRO HENRIQUE; GARCES, LINA; VOLPATO, TIAGO; MARTINEZ-FERNANDEZ, SILVERIO; NAKAGAWA, ELISA YUMI. Towards suitable description of reference architectures. PEERJ COMPUTER SCIENCE, . (17/22107-2, 17/06195-9, 15/24144-7, 18/07437-9)
GUESSI, MILENA; OQUENDO, FLAVIO; NAKAGAWA, ELISA YUMI. Ark: a constraint-based method for architectural synthesis of smart systems. Software and Systems Modeling, . (17/22107-2, 17/06195-9, 12/24290-5)

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