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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 625-640 (May 2006)

TeMeFr: Towards a Reuse-Based Development for Confernce-Oriented Telemedicine Systems

Hewijin Christine Jiau, Jinghong Cox Chen, Kuo-Feng Ssu and Jim-Min Lin*
Department of Electrical Engineering
National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, 701 Taiwan
*Department of Information Engineering
Feng Chia University
Taichung, 407 Taiwan

Conventional development of telemedicine systems usually leads to a medical information driven paradigm that tends to fail in capturing suitable abstraction when developing conference-oriented telemedicine systems for assisting the proceeding of telemedicine practices. By reviewing publicly available telemedicine systems through commonality and variability analysis, we have identified common design concerns and tried to provide a framework for supporting reuse-based development. Based on identified common design concerns, a generic model of conference-oriented telemedicine systems and layered architecture are illustrated as a basis for analyzing typical design problems encountered when developing similar systems. As the main part of our work, we have proposed seven commonly occurring design problems and realized a framework implementation to provide a general resolution to these design problems based on the generic model and layered architecture of conference-oriented telemedicine systems. Finally, the details of the proposed framework are explained and a comparison with related telemedicine systems is given.

Keywords: frameworks, design patterns, software architecture, object-orientation, telemedicine

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Received January 15, 2004; revised April 23 & August 17, 2004; accepted April 18, 2005.
Communicated by Pau-Choo Chung.