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    Provision of tailored health information for patient empowerment: an initial study


    Alfano, Marco and Lenzitti, Biagio and Taibi, Davide and Helfert, Markus (2019) Provision of tailored health information for patient empowerment: an initial study. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies (CompSysTech '19). ACM, pp. 213-220. ISBN 9781450371490

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    Abstract

    Search of “right” health information by patients/citizens is an important step towards their empowerment. The number of health information seekers on the Internet is steadily increasing over the years so it is crucial to understand their information needs and the challenges they face during the search process. However, generic search engines do not make any distinction among the users and overload them with the amount of information. Moreover, specific search engines/sites mostly work on medical literature and are built by hand. This paper analyses the possibility of providing the user with tailored web information by exploiting the web semantic capabilities and, in particular, those of schema.org and its healthlifesci extension. After presenting a short review of the main user requirements when searching for health information on the Internet, an analysis of schema.org and its health-lifesci extension is shown to understand the main properties and semantic capabilities in the health/medical domain. Finally, an initial mapping among user requirements and schema.org elements is presented in order to provide expert and non-expert user categories with web pages that satisfy their specific requirements.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Funding: This work was partially supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754489 and by Science Foundation Ireland grant 13/RC/2094 with a co-fund of the European Regional Development Fund through the Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme to Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre (www.lero.ie). Cite as: Marco Alfano, Biagio Lenzitti, Davide Taibi, and Markus Helfert. 2019. Provision of Tailored Health Information for Patient Empowerment: An Initial Study. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies (CompSysTech '19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 213–220. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3345252.3345301
    Keywords: Patient Empowerment; Health Information Seeking; User Requirements; Structured Data on the Web; schema.org;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Innovation Value Institute, IVI
    Item ID: 14248
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1145/3345252.3345301
    Depositing User: Markus Helfert
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 15:39
    Publisher: ACM
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: European Union Horizon 2020 programme, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), European Regional Development Fund
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