S. Bonacina and F. Pinciroli (Italy)
Consumer Health Lexicon, Software system, Database, and Tele-Homecare
Recently developed patient- and consumer-centered
health record systems allow the patients to participate
actively in their healthcare process by collecting and
managing their digital health documents and information.
However, terms used by the medical professionals and
consumers are quite different. It is important to present
health information using consumer-familiar terms in any
consumer application. We developed a software tool
aimed to detect quantitatively medical terms used into
healthcare news, or articles, - native as textual files -,
devoted to consumers. Additionally, we carried out some
“technical experiments” of data enquiring to infer about
medical lexicon knowledge, as the first step for building a
consumer health vocabulary.