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Agents are self-contained software entities which act faithfully and autonomously on behalf of a body of knowledge. They can operate in a standalone capacity, or as part of a social group collaborating and
coordinating activities with other software agents. To access their knowledge, agents are interfaced with
using message passing communication. The principle behind medical communications is to provide a means
for exchanging information and knowledge from one computerised location to another, whilst preserving its
true meaning and understanding between the listener and sender. Agent communication is similar to medical
communications, but must provide an additional framework element to allow agents to interact at a social
and operational level. Social aspects relate to agents collaborating on shared objectives, and operational
aspects relate to coordination of tasks between the loosely coupled agents working as part of a group.
Medical communications focus on data exchanges specific to the medical domain, while agent
communication was designed for a much broader audience. Therefore, it is essential to verify if agent
communications can support standard medical data exchanges. This paper investigates current forms of
agent based communications and demonstrates they can support medical communication, yet retain their
social and interaction information exchange functionality.
McGrory, J., Grimson, J., Clarke, F.:Communication of Medical Information Using Agents. Peter HEALTHINF 2008 International Conference on Health informatics, , Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 2008