Utilizing mobile computing in the Wishard Memorial Hospital ambulatory service


Advances in cellular technology have permit ted portable computers to communicate with existing static networks. Current transaction mechanisms must be adjusted to accommodate for a mobile host (MH), which can be "disconnected" from the network for long periods of time. In this paper, an architecture for the Wishard Memorial Hospital Ambulatory Service of Indianapolis, Indiana is described. The architecture is based on current mobile models, but with the addition of a base station agent (BSA) which acts as an intermediary for the disconnected MH. The BSA is responsible for the following: commitment of the mobile transaction, storing of t ransact ion results in the mailbox, and recovery. This architecture takes advantage of the existing ambula tory environment by adding a mobile computer that submits transactions to the Indianapolis Network for Patient Care and Research (INPCR), which utilizes the distributed medical database of the Regenstrief Medical Record System (RMRS). Adding a mobile component to the INCPR gives the medical personnel of the ambulatory service the ability to access vital patient information in an efficient manner. A real world example is presented to demonstra te our experiences with mobile computing in this environment. "'Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without lee provided that copies are not made or distributed Ibr profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear lifts notice and the full citation on the first page. Copyrights Ibr components of this work owned by others than ACM must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a tee.'" ¢) I 997 ACM 0-89791-850-9 97 0002 3.50

DOI: 10.1145/331697.331757

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@inproceedings{Morton1997UtilizingMC, title={Utilizing mobile computing in the Wishard Memorial Hospital ambulatory service}, author={Stuart Morton and Omran A. Bukhres}, booktitle={SAC}, year={1997} }