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Design, analysis, and implementation of a telemedicine remote consultation and diagnosis session playback using discrete event system specification

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3 Author(s)
P. J. Shah ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Arizona Univ., Tucson, AZ, USA ; R. Martinez ; B. P. Zeigler

Telemedicine remote consultation and diagnosis (RCD) software is a complex and distributed system. RCD allows physicians to collaborate on radiology or pathology cases from distributed geographic locations. It is very important to simplify design, construction, and maintenance of such a system. Currently, an object-oriented design methodology is used to design and develop a software system in a modular fashion. Object-oriented software is made of various objects that work together. From the design of the software system, we get information about object methods and inheritance. We also get information about which objects are contained in a particular object and which objects are used by another object. One important element that the traditional object-oriented design misses is time. We propose the use of discrete event system specification (DEVS) in the design and analysis of a software system, such as RCD. With DEVS, coupling between objects can be specified explicitly and an object behavior can be shown in time. We introduce DEVS, show the time-line analysis of remote consultation and diagnosis session playback using DEVS, and then describe its implementation.

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IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 3 )