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Location-based health information services: a new paradigm in personalised information delivery.

Boulos MN - Int J Health Geogr (2003)

Bottom Line: However, brute health information delivery risks overloading users with unnecessary information that does not answer their actual needs, and might even act as noise, masking any other useful and relevant information delivered with it.Personalised information delivery requires the acquisition of high quality metadata about not only information resources, but also information service users, their geographical location and their devices.The paper also provides a concise review of location-based services, technologies for detecting user location (including IP geolocation), and their potential applications in health and healthcare.

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Affiliation: Centre for Measurement and Information in Medicine, City University, London EC1V 0HB, UK. mkamel@medicad.com

ABSTRACT
Brute health information delivery to various devices can be easily achieved these days, making health information instantly available whenever it is needed and nearly anywhere. However, brute health information delivery risks overloading users with unnecessary information that does not answer their actual needs, and might even act as noise, masking any other useful and relevant information delivered with it. Users' profiles and needs are definitely affected by where they are, and this should be taken into consideration when personalising and delivering information to users in different locations. The main goal of location-based health information services is to allow better presentation of the distribution of health and healthcare needs and Internet resources answering them across a geographical area, with the aim to provide users with better support for informed decision-making. Personalised information delivery requires the acquisition of high quality metadata about not only information resources, but also information service users, their geographical location and their devices. Throughout this review, experience from a related online health information service, HealthCyberMap http://healthcybermap.semanticweb.org/, is referred to as a model that can be easily adapted to other similar services. HealthCyberMap is a Web-based directory service of medical/health Internet resources exploring new means to organise and present these resources based on consumer and provider locations, as well as the geographical coverage or scope of indexed resources. The paper also provides a concise review of location-based services, technologies for detecting user location (including IP geolocation), and their potential applications in health and healthcare.

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Screenshot of HealthCyberMap World Map Web interface Screenshot of HealthCyberMap World Map Web interface . Health information resources are mapped to countries (of authors/publishers) and their metadata are listed in a separate pop-up text window.
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Figure 2: Screenshot of HealthCyberMap World Map Web interface Screenshot of HealthCyberMap World Map Web interface . Health information resources are mapped to countries (of authors/publishers) and their metadata are listed in a separate pop-up text window.

Mentions: Location-based services draw heavily on GIS and geoinformatics [3] as illustrated in the "dental clinic" example above. Another novel use of GIS is to map conceptual spaces occupied by collections of medical/health information resources as demonstrated in HealthCyberMap [8]. Besides mapping the semantic and non-geographical aspects (e.g., subject or topic) of these resources using suitable spatial metaphors (e.g., human body maps – ), HealthCyberMap also maps some geographical aspects of these resources – Figure 2. The resultant maps can be classified as conceptual information space maps and can be used as navigational aid for browsing mapped resources [9].


Location-based health information services: a new paradigm in personalised information delivery.

Boulos MN - Int J Health Geogr (2003)

Screenshot of HealthCyberMap World Map Web interface Screenshot of HealthCyberMap World Map Web interface . Health information resources are mapped to countries (of authors/publishers) and their metadata are listed in a separate pop-up text window.
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Figure 2: Screenshot of HealthCyberMap World Map Web interface Screenshot of HealthCyberMap World Map Web interface . Health information resources are mapped to countries (of authors/publishers) and their metadata are listed in a separate pop-up text window.
Mentions: Location-based services draw heavily on GIS and geoinformatics [3] as illustrated in the "dental clinic" example above. Another novel use of GIS is to map conceptual spaces occupied by collections of medical/health information resources as demonstrated in HealthCyberMap [8]. Besides mapping the semantic and non-geographical aspects (e.g., subject or topic) of these resources using suitable spatial metaphors (e.g., human body maps – ), HealthCyberMap also maps some geographical aspects of these resources – Figure 2. The resultant maps can be classified as conceptual information space maps and can be used as navigational aid for browsing mapped resources [9].

Bottom Line: However, brute health information delivery risks overloading users with unnecessary information that does not answer their actual needs, and might even act as noise, masking any other useful and relevant information delivered with it.Personalised information delivery requires the acquisition of high quality metadata about not only information resources, but also information service users, their geographical location and their devices.The paper also provides a concise review of location-based services, technologies for detecting user location (including IP geolocation), and their potential applications in health and healthcare.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Centre for Measurement and Information in Medicine, City University, London EC1V 0HB, UK. mkamel@medicad.com

ABSTRACT
Brute health information delivery to various devices can be easily achieved these days, making health information instantly available whenever it is needed and nearly anywhere. However, brute health information delivery risks overloading users with unnecessary information that does not answer their actual needs, and might even act as noise, masking any other useful and relevant information delivered with it. Users' profiles and needs are definitely affected by where they are, and this should be taken into consideration when personalising and delivering information to users in different locations. The main goal of location-based health information services is to allow better presentation of the distribution of health and healthcare needs and Internet resources answering them across a geographical area, with the aim to provide users with better support for informed decision-making. Personalised information delivery requires the acquisition of high quality metadata about not only information resources, but also information service users, their geographical location and their devices. Throughout this review, experience from a related online health information service, HealthCyberMap http://healthcybermap.semanticweb.org/, is referred to as a model that can be easily adapted to other similar services. HealthCyberMap is a Web-based directory service of medical/health Internet resources exploring new means to organise and present these resources based on consumer and provider locations, as well as the geographical coverage or scope of indexed resources. The paper also provides a concise review of location-based services, technologies for detecting user location (including IP geolocation), and their potential applications in health and healthcare.

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