Impact of the social networking applications for health information management for patients and physicians

Sahama, Tony R. & Liang, Jian (2012) Impact of the social networking applications for health information management for patients and physicians. In Mantas, John, Andersen, Stig Kjaer, Mazzoleni, Maria Christina, Blobel, Bernd, Quaglini, Silvana, & Moens, Anneliese (Eds.) Quality of Life through Quality of Information - Proceedings of MIE2012, IOS Press BV, Pisa Palazzo dei Congressi, Pisa, pp. 803-807.

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Most social network users hold more than one social network account and utilize them in different ways depending on the digital context. For example, friendly chat on Facebook, professional discussion on LinkedIn, and health information exchange on PatientsLikeMe. Thus many web users need to manage many disparate profiles across many distributed online sources. Maintaining these profiles is cumbersome, time consuming, inefficient, and leads to lost opportunity. In this paper we propose a framework for multiple profile management of online social networks and showcase a demonstrator utilising an open source platform. The result of the research enables a user to create and manage an integrated profile and share/synchronise their profiles with their social networks. A number of use cases were created to capture the functional requirements and describe the interactions between users and the online services. An innovative application of this project is in public health informatics. We utilize the prototype to examine how the framework can benefit patients and physicians. The framework can greatly enhance health information management for patients and more importantly offer a more comprehensive personal health overview of patients to physicians.

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ID Code: 54251
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social networking, eHealth, Decision making, Healthcare, Online profile, Health informatics
ISBN: 9781614991007
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: © 2012 European Federation for Medical Informatics and IOS Press
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Deposited On: 23 Oct 2012 00:52
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 05:06

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