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MIE2009 – public health informatics session September 1, 2009

Posted by peterjmurray in conference, EFMI, Europe.
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The first paper of the ‘public health informatics’ session is “The Use of Open Source and Web2.0 in Developing an Integrated EHR and E-Learning System for the Greek Smoking Cessation Network”. The aim of developing the system was to give health professionals access to online information to support patient education, and there are 3 sub-systems – data collection systems, e-learning environment (Moodle based), and a discussion forum, developed with phpBB. The e-learning environment and forum are for use by both patients and health professionals.

The second paper is on “Comparative Study between Expert and Non-Expert Biomedical Writings: Their Morphology and Semantics”. The presentation described the research methods used, and results obtained, in a morpho-semantic analysis, using NLP tools to examine a corpus of documents, and explore the discourses within the documents, with a focus on cardiology-related materials.

The third paper (a short student paper) is titled “Designing an E-Health Application in Collaboration with Obesity Patients”. The aim of developing the ehealth application is to foster self-management. A qualitative research study used workshops and goup discussions to get end-user input to the design of the application, and those involved will also be involved in evaluation before implementation of the application. Patient participants in the process had had either weight loss surgery or lifestyle modification treatment. The patients proposed the development of ‘buddy system’ and online self-help groups, drawing on the experiences of people who had had similar issues.

The next paper (a short student paper) is “Improving Cardiology Workflow in a Hospital Using a Mobile Software Solution”.

The final paper is titled “Interoperability Services in the MPOWER Ambient Assisted Living Platform”. The MPOWER project is an EU funded project that completed in July 2009. Interoperability was an important part of the project due to the many proprietary solutions that exist in the field of ambient assisted living, and the project was aimed at developing middleware platforms.

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