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Computación y Sistemas

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FAVELA, Jesús; MARTINEZ, Ana I.; RODRIGUEZ, Marcela D.  and  GONZALEZ, Víctor M.. Ambient Computing Research for Healthcare: Challenges, Opportunities and Experiences. Comp. y Sist. [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.1, pp.109-127. ISSN 1405-5546.

Ambient computing refers to the development of physical environments enhanced through information and communication technology to better serve the needs of users. In contrast with traditional computer applications, ambient computing offers a vision in which computer support migrates from the desktop to the physical environment, thus demanding natural means of interaction, in contrast with the traditional keyboard and mouse. This approach to computing is particularly well suited for working environments characterized by local mobility, frequent activity switching, and intense collaboration, as it is often the case in healthcare. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of research conducted in Mexico for several years towards the development of an ambient computing environment in support of hospital work, the iHospital. The paper describes the research methodology used, major findings, ambient computing technology that has been designed and developed as a response to the needs identified, and results from its evaluation with potential users.

Keywords : Ambient Computing; Pervasive Healthcare; Medical Informatics.

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