Mahmud, Hoger and Lu, Joan (2015) A generic vobe framework to manage home healthcare collaboration. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology, 80 (2). pp. 362-371. ISSN 1992-8645

In this paper we propose a conceptual framework to manage Home HealthCare (HHC) provision and
stakeholder collaborations using the concepts of Virtual Breeding Environment (VBE) and Virtual
Organisation (VO). Providing healthcare at home is gaining popularity as more and more patients prefer to
receive care in the comfort of their homes. Providing care at home is complex and involves many
stakeholders; collaboration and resource sharing between these stakeholders is essential for a successful
home healthcare provision. In this paper we outline a framework to classify different parties involved in
Home Healthcare (HHC) collaboration based on their roles. The framework consists of two main
components which we call HHC-VBE and HHC-VO. The proposed framework is applied to a simple home
healthcare case study and it is later evaluated. The result shows that the framework is simple and flexible
and can be applied to other scenarios. This research contributes towards addressing the ongoing challenge
of HHC collaboration management.

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