Monday, August 30, 2010

3GPP Based QoS for E-Health Services

A new paper, by Lea Skorin-Kapov, Maja Matijasevic (picture) from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing analyses the QoS requirements in order to enable E-Health services over 3GPP compliant networks.

See "Analysis of QoS Requirements for e-Health Services and Mapping to Evolved Packet System QoS Classes" - here (PDF) and authors' profile - here

Looks to me like a real life tiered service and significant revenue opportunity to the carriers!


E-Health services comprise a broad range of healthcare services delivered by using information and communication technology. In order to support existing as well as emerging e-Health services over converged next generation network (NGN) architectures, there is a need for network QoS control mechanisms that meet the often stringent requirements of such services. In this paper we evaluate the QoS support for e-Health services in the context of the Evolved Packet System (EPS), specified by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) as a multi-access all-IP NGN.

We classify heterogeneous e-Health services based on context and network QoS requirements, and propose a mapping to existing 3GPP QoS Class Identifiers (QCIs) that serve as a basis for the class-based QoS concept of the EPS. The proposed mapping aims to provide network operators with guidelines for meeting heterogeneous e-Health service requirements. As an example, we present the QoS requirements for a prototype e-Health service supporting teleconsultation between a patient and a doctor, and illustrate use of the proposed mapping to QCIs in standardized QoS control procedures.

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