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RE: semantic web and consumer-driven healthcare movement

From: Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo <emmanuelle@sidar.org>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 23:50:00 +0200
To: "'AJ Chen'" <canovaj@gmail.com>, <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <008e01c8bde8$1ec41b50$5c4c51f0$@org>
Hi AJ and all,


I think that this can be very interesting not only for patients or people
that need drugs but for all. For example when you buy food, cooked food or
“natural” food, to have info about the interaction of the components of this
product and another products that we buy or with our health situation.


Or for example, this can be integrate in the Wii system, especially with the
Wii Fit, to take in account the interactions with things that you buy by
Internet or you eat, etc.


 So, let’s go…






Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo

Directora de la Fundación Sidar

Coordinadora del Seminario SIDAR


email: coordina@sidar.org / emmanuelle@sidar.org




De: semantic-web-request@w3.org [mailto:semantic-web-request@w3.org] En
nombre de AJ Chen
Enviado el: sábado, 24 de mayo de 2008 22:48
Para: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org; semantic-web@w3.org
Asunto: semantic web and consumer-driven healthcare movement


On www2008 and this week's semtech2008, I had chance talking with several
people in this group about consumer side of the healthcare. The reason I'm
thinking and talking about consumer health is because this area is less
covered in HCLS group's activities. According to Eric and Ivan from w3c, the
next healthcare charter is being formed. I thought it would be good to bring
this up here and see if there are more people interested in exploring the
relationship between consumer health information and semantic web. If you
think tackling consumer health by w3c healthcare group will be helpful to
you or your work, please let the group know by responding to this email. 

Background: Most of you may have heard of "consumer-driven healthcare" or
"papient health record" in news from US government and industry recently.
The voice  for helping consumers to become more involved in their healthcare
decision is getting stronger and stronger. If you go to HHS, FDA, CDC, NIH,
NLM websites, you will find plenty of government initiatives that are aiming
to improve consumer health by giving consumers more needed information and
making patient records shared easier. Some highly visible initiatives have
been also coming out of google, microsoft, and revolution health (AOL
founder Steve Case's company) recently. I was absolutely amazed when I heard
a presentation on microsoft's futuristic version of how patient will
interact with all the different players in the healthcare chain. I'm not
sure whether and when this vision can realized. But, what's clear is that
the consumers demand more and the industry should provide the technologies
to help it.

Personally, I'm working for a healthcare search engine company
(healthline.com). My understanding of the current movement of
consumer-driven healthcare system is not just about patient health record.
In general, the movement is about giving consumers more power in managing
their health. This may mean  many things: Patient health records are
available anywhere/anytime (with proper security). Patient can easily find
all needed information (diseases, symptoms, treatments, drugs, diagnostics,
prevention, etc) online at hospital's, clinic and insurance company's web
sites. Online tools that enable personalized medicine directly benefiting
consumers. I also imagine there will be new approaches emerging, which we
have not thought of before. 

Given this exciting environment, I think the consumer health information
area is a huge playing field for semantic web. What do you think?

AJ Chen, PhD
Co-Chair, Semantic Web SIG, sdforum.org
Technical Architect, healthline.com
Palo Alto, CA 
Received on Saturday, 24 May 2008 21:50:43 UTC

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