We develop an approach for the analysis, design, development, and evaluation of a pragmatically interoperable solution for the collaboration of health care enterprise systems

Funded by:CTIT
Duration:February 2009 until February 2013
Contact:Dr.Ir. M.J. van Sinderen (Marten)

Information Systems Group, University of Twente (is.ewi.utwente.nl)

Project: V-Care


In today's day and age, enterprise collaboration is a must. Collaboration allows enterprises to explore one another's core competencies, improve services to their customers, allow efficient use of resources, and increase information sharing. Continued advances in networking, computing technologies and standards have stimulated this interest on collaboration. On the one hand, these advances help explore new business opportunities to add value to their products and services. On the other hand, these advances also provide opportunities for organizations to new enable partnerships in ways that were not previously possible.

However, although today's enterprises want to leverage the benefits of their collaboration, interoperability problems between their enterprise systems prevent them from doing so effectively. For example, previous investments in equipment and software cause incompatibilities between data representation and application methods making integration of new systems difficult and costly.

Generally, interoperability allows two or more systems to understand one another and to use the functionality of one another''. From a technical perspective, heterogeneous software systems jointly function together and provide access to their resources. From a business perspective, enterprises collaborate through the exchange information and services achieving a common business objective. In recent years, research interest is growing in terms of looking into the role of pragmatic interoperability (PI) to extend the current research on syntactic and semantic interoperability solutions. While there is a need to agree on the structure and the meaning of the shared information, the intended effect of the collaboration is equally important as well. PI allows participants in a collaboration to mutually affect each other's state and behavior such that the produce defect in one participant is as expected and intended by other participants. PI can potentially help realize a truly effective collaboration by bringing the benefits of technological solutions closer to the business level.

As part of the V-Care project, we aim to extend the state of the art in enterprise interoperability research by focusing on the notion of PI for a more effective enterprise collaboration that goes beyond syntactic and semantic interoperability solutions. We specifically wish to investigate PI in the healthcare domain where most applications are mission critical so that precise interpretation of the communicated information and actions expected thereof are essential.



How can Goal-Oriented Requirements Engineering (GORE) be used to elicit and specify requirements for PI?


How can Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) be leveraged to implement a PI solution for enterprise collaboration?


How can a PI solution be modeled using the notion of a service as a first class concept?


How can a PI solution be assessed, evaluated, and measured with respect to the goals of the business collaboration?


How can a PI solution be designed and implemented to provide flexibility to changing requirements?


Period: 2009-2013

Partner: University of Twente (chair of IS)

IS Chair: 1 PhD researcher

Personnel: Camlon H. Asuncion, Dr. Marten van Sinderen and Prof. Dr. Roel Wieringa

Sponsor: Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT) - Applied Science of Services for Information Society Technologies (ASSIST)

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