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Integration of Personal Health Records with Mobile Devices


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Presented by Sarita Pais
Auckland University of Technology

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Integration of Personal Health Records with Mobile Devices

  1. 1. S a r i t a P a i sS U P E R V I S O R S : D r D a v e P a r r y , A U TD r E l a i n e R u s h , A U TIntegration of Personal HealthRecords with Mobile Devicesfor the Self-management
  2. 2. Obesity and lifestyle related diseases Significant problem worldwide and in New Zealandsociety New Zealands weight problem is gobbling up more than4 per cent of what we spend on health care. (Johnston,2012) New Zealand adults are on average the second heaviestamong 50 countries. (Johnston, 2013) Need to improve one’s own health Patient-controlled electronic health record (NationalHealth IT Board 2010) Share their personal health information with their healthpractitioner(s)
  3. 3. Current Research The aim of this research is to develop requirementsfor useful “constellations” of apps Include personal electronic health records Develop a method of integrating and assessing thecompatibility and semantic interoperability (Mead2006) (Haslhofer & Klas 2010) of various health andwellness apps Accessible by various stakeholders like healthprofessionals, family/whanau, social networks,commercial providers and community organisationsand the person using the application.
  4. 4. Wellness apps Inputs like body weight, gender, number of caloriesto be consumed in a day, number of calories actuallyconsumed in a day Food databases which can calculate the food caloriesfor the portion size Nutritional information
  5. 5. Data Interoperability Ability to use data from one system to another system Metadata is required Schema definition languages like XML schema, SQL-DDL, RDF and ontologies are different ways to achievethis (Haslhofer & Klas 2010) Clinical data interoperability has been developed throughstandards like HL7 Ontologies like SNOMED CT (SystematizedNomenclature of Medicine-clinicalTerms(, MeSH(Medical Subject Headings)( (Bodenreider,2008)
  6. 6. Food Ontologies Very few food ontologies are known like the Wineand Food Ontology, Eurocode2, ITACA (Cantais, etal. 2005) and the food category available onbioportal (biportal). Only ITACA has nutritional informationon the food New Zealand Food Composition Database includednutritional information. The data is formatted inCSV, XML which could be easily exported to anotherdatabase.
  7. 7. Example food ontology<rdf:RDFxmlns = ""xmlns:food= ""xml:base = ""xmlns:vin = ""xmlns:owl = ""xmlns:rdf = ""xmlns:rdfs= ""><owl:Ontology rdf:about=""><rdfs:comment>Derived from the DAML Food ontology at modified.</rdfs:comment><owl:imports rdf:resource=""/></owl:Ontology><owl:Class rdf:ID="ConsumableThing" /><owl:Class rdf:ID="NonConsumableThing"><owl:complementOf rdf:resource="#ConsumableThing" /></owl:Class><owl:Class rdf:ID="EdibleThing"><rdfs:subClassOf rdf:resource="#ConsumableThing" /></owl:Class><owl:Class rdf:ID="PotableLiquid"><rdfs:subClassOf rdf:resource="#ConsumableThing" /><owl:disjointWith rdf:resource="#EdibleThing" /></owl:Class>(Source:
  8. 8. Building schema From ontologies Proposed as a possible solution
  9. 9. References Biportal, Retrieved from on 27-02-2013. Bodenreider, O. (2008). Biomedical ontologies in action: Role in knowledgemanagement, data integration and decision support, IMIA Yearbook of MedicalInformatics, 47(1), 67-79. Cantais, J., Dominguez, D., Gigante, V., Laera, L. & Tamma, V. (2005). An example offood ontology for diabetes control, Working notes of the ISWC 2005 Workshop onOntology Patterns for the Semantic Web, Retrieved from Johnston, M. (2012) Obesity gobbles up health dollars, Retrieved from Martin Johnston on Dec 10, 2012. Johnston, M. (2013) Fat NZ: Health crisis looming – experts, Retrieved from on May24, 2013 Mead, C. N. (2006). "Data Interchange Standards in Healthcare IT-Computable SemanticInteroperability: Now Possible but Still Difficult. Do We Really Need a BetterMousetrap?" Journal of Healthcare Information Management 20(1): 71. National Health IT Board. (2010, September 2010). "The National Health IT Plan."Retrieved 1st Novemebr 2012.