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Track 8 Health

Panel: Health Informatics for Consumers and Patients: Innovations to Extend and Enhance Health Care

Health Informatics for Consumers and Patients: Innovations to Extend and Enhance Health Care

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Targeting Special Population with Health Care Information 

Community Organizing on the Net: A Case of the Philippine e-Health Initiative - Paper 101

Merlita M. OPEŅA
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Philippines

The paper describes how the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), a database producer and information service provider, is moving towards a value-added information service on the Internet, the e-Health Initiative.

E-Health, or the Philippine Electronic Health Information Village, sets the stage for the construction of an electronic community, designed within the Filipino context, for the Filipinos and the rest of the world to access.

The community aims to build a one-stop-shop information resource on the Net which generalists and specialists in the health community can have access to, in the form of specialty databases, journal articles, health policies and advisories, and directory type of information, among other things. At the same time, e-Health is designed to be a place where people interact with each other as peers, as a health professional and a patient, as a researcher and an information provider, or as a student and a mentor.

The first part of the paper discusses the experience of PCHRD, through its Health Research and Development Information Network (HERDIN), in developing its information products and services; its pioneering role as an online service provider in the country; and how it sustains its programs by being constantly in touch with users.

The second part deals with the processes undertaken by the Council to build the electronic community with its multifaceted roles as community organizer, designer, content editor, and trainer.

PCHRD acts as a community organizer by selling the e-Health idea to organizations, professional societies, and research groups in the health research network and getting these groups organized as content providers on a sustained basis. As a virtual integrator, PCHRD designs the electronic community and builds the links to these Philippine information providers based on editorial criteria.

The Council envisions that the creation of the community's information resource will serve as a jumping board for other initiatives like distance education and tele-medicine.

Internet Facilities for the Disabled Community in Singapore - Paper 216

LIM Kin Chew
Temasek Polytechnic  Singapore

LIM Fung
Derek Beng-Kee KIONG
National University of Singapore   Singapore

This paper discusses how volunteers in Singapore have garnered the resources to provide Internet facilities for the disabled community. It describes wiring computer laboratories to set up Internet facilities for hearing- or visually-impaired people.

It also discusses the issues affecting the specific needs of disabled people who want to improve their lives in the educational, social, and employment arenas. Implementation issues in setting up such computer laboratories are also discussed. All these are actually part of our master plan to provide the disabled community with Internet facilities so that their lives can be improved.

The Use of Internet in the Diffusion of GIS for General Practices in Victoria (Australia) - Paper 239

Francisco J. ESCOBAR
Elizabeth WATERS
University of Melbourne  Australia

This paper describes the delivery of a Geographic Information System (GIS) product through the Internet for primary health care services provided at general medical practices in the State of Victoria, Australia. The paper details a collaborative research project, the principal aim of which was to develop a methodology for creating a GIS as a decision support system, for more effective use of information about population and health services at a given location. The methodology employed is based on the ability of a GIS to establish interrelationships between a combination of health, geographic, and demographic data.

An overview of GIS as a technology that allows geospatial data to be analyzed, displayed, and queried is given. The results of the project can be demonstrated through a live presentation, detailing specific and generic reasons for the choice of the Internet as the preferred delivery mechanism. The paper concludes with the identification of important issues related to the research and use of the World Wide Web for Geographic Information Systems and Health.

Panel: Health Care and Current Internet Development

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