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QoE for telemedicine: challenges and trends
Author(s): Christine Cavaro-Ménard; Zhang Ge Lu; Patrick Le Callet
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Paper Abstract

Telemedicine that involves sharing of digital data (i.e. physiological signals, 2D/3D images and videos) should meet the same standards of traditional healthcare in terms of usability, accessibility, efficiency, effectiveness and quality of clinical processes. All these requirements can be seen as elementary components that participate to the quality of experience (QoE) in an ad hoc medical application scenario. Although, the quality of service (QoS) in telemedicine has been quite investigated, QoE is still lacking clear definition in this context. This later should not be assimilated to QoS as it refers clearly to the experience by the user while QoS focuses mostly on the system. QoE has a potential relevancy to optimize and understand the technical transmission chain from the final task point viewpoint which one of the most important factor for adoption of telemedicine. Towards this goal, QoE studies should be conducted with an appropriate methodology incorporating user involvement and digital data and their relation with QoS. As one of the first effort in this field, this paper proposes a survey of some key issues and solutions associated to QoE in telemedicine. We first present the services offered by telemedicine and underline the significance of QoE for tele-diagnosis and tele-surgery. Next, we identify and analyze the influencing factors such as application area, application purpose (emergency care, acquisition assistance, second opinion, education...), content type (data specificities depending on acquisition modality), context of use (offline/real time, interactivity...), and user's state (stress, expertise...), that have to be considered for a relevant QoE assessment in telemedicine.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8856, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXVI, 88561A (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2027293
Show Author Affiliations
Christine Cavaro-Ménard, Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes (France)
Zhang Ge Lu, Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes (France)
Patrick Le Callet, Univ. d'Angers (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8856:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXVI
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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