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Multi-Agent Systems in Developing Countries

Multi-Agent Systems in Developing Countries
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Author(s): Dean Yergens (University of Manitoba and University of Calgary, Canada), Julie Hiner (University of Calgary, Canada) and Joerg Denzinger (University of Calgary, Canada)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 19
Source title: Clinical Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-561-2.ch502

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Abstract

Developing countries are faced with many problems and issues related to healthcare service delivery. Many factors contribute to this, such as a lack of adequate medical resources, a shortage of skilled medical professionals, increasing clinical demands due to infectious diseases, limited technological systems and an unreliable telecommunications and electrical infrastructure. However, the potential for multi-agent systems and multi-agent simulations to address some of these issues shows great promise. Multi-agent simulations have already been applied to modeling infectious diseases such as HIV and Avian Flu in the developing world. Furthermore, groups of smart agents, by their very design, can function autonomously and act as a distributed service, which greatly enables them to successfully operate in the kind of environments encountered in developing countries.

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