Methodologies for evaluation of e-Health platforms are still lacking. We propose an e-Health evaluation framework that aims to provide a concise methodology for the evaluation of e-Health platforms under three main categories: usability evaluation, logistics evaluation and technical evaluation. For the scope of this paper, focus is given on defining techniques to enable the gathering of technical evaluation metrics using our proposed framework. Technical evaluation provides insight on the scalability, response time, functionality and performance of an e-Health platform. Using simulated patient data, preliminary evaluation experiments carried out on an existing e-Health platform, known as the Cloud4Health platform, proves the viability of our defined methodology for gathering of technical evaluation metrics. Experimental results showed up to 100 simulated patient's data could interact with the Cloud4Health platform concurrently with a maximum round-trip time latency value of 6.6 seconds for data samples to be processed. Future work aims to build upon this evaluation framework and develop techniques to gather both usability and logistics evaluation metrics when conducting evaluation of e-Health platforms.
Lo, O., Fan, L., Buchanan, W. J., & Thuemmler, C. (2012). Technical evaluation of an e-health platform. In M. Macedo (Ed.), Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Health 2012