Telemedicine Goal Oriented Requirement Engineering

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Addis Ababa University


Healthcare is essential for developing countries like Ethiopia which do have a number of medical problems exacerbating from time to time. Telemedicine , the use of telecommunication technologies to provide healthcare services and medical knowledge, can be applied to minimize these problems by offering better access and usage of the limited number of physicians. It solves the problem by providing remote consultation (which can be store and forward or real time) between the local doctor and a specialist. Previous works do not address the problem of selecting a specific physician needed for the remote consultation. In order to make use of all the physicians who are distributed in different healthcare providers of the country efficiently and equitably, there needs a mechanism for selecting a physician that best fits the consultation by applying decision aid techniques. This thesis proposes a National Telemedicine System that can be deployed countrywide by studying its requirements using goal oriented requirement engineering. This work also proposes the National Telemedicine Network Architecture based on the current communcation technologies. The thesis specifically presents the Multi-Criteria Doctor’s Unit Selection model that can be employed in the National Telemedicine System to aid physicians in making physician selection for the consultation. The selection model is simulated by a Multi-Criteria Doctor’s Unit Selection System which is developed using Java programming and MySQL database. Keywords: Telemedicine, Goal Oriented Requirement Engineering, Decision Aid Techniques, Multi-Attribute Utility Theory, Developing Countries



Telemedicine; Goal Oriented Requirement Engineering; Decision Aid Techniques; Multi-Attribute Utility Theory; Developing Countries