The Creation of a Standardized Citizen Health Vocabulary: A Linked Open Data and Semantic Web example

The urgency behind this research is twofold. Firstly, the on-going development of an aging society could potentially lead to a 40% workforce reduction in the Dutch public sector, and with insufficient financing in the healthcare sector requires a participatory society in which citizens will need to start taking more responsibility regarding their healthcare. Secondly, we also live in an information society, which keeps developing itself. This brings new and innovative digital opportunities and information services, which potentially makes a participatory society viable. Yet, the development of such opportunities also brings new design requirements since systems world and life-world are converging. Based on an explorative study one of the requirements appeared the creation of clear conditions regarding the comprehensibility, usability and integration of such information technologies. More specifically, this would mean creating digitally accessible and usable terminologies in order for citizens and governmental bodies and professionals to work together for the quality of life. For healthcare this would mean creating so-called a citizen/consumer health vocabulary, a machine- readable standardized list of terms which links ́lay- language ́ and the standard terms of professional terminologies.

ISBN Number: 978-1-61208-537-1

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