Using ontology to support context awareness in healthcare

Wen Yao, Chao Hsien Chu, Akhil Kumar, Zang Li

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Abstract

The advances in ubiquitous computing enabled by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies and heterogeneous embedded sensors have a great impact on the delivery of healthcare services in hospitals. RFID facilitates the capture of context information. In this paper, we propose a Context-embedded Intelligent Hospital Ontology (CIHO) to support semantic interoperability and context-aware applications using OWL-DL, a Web Ontology Language. The CIHO model provides a formal description of the healthcare domain and supports logic-based context reasoning. For illustration and validation, we conduct sample ontology reasoning and evaluate the quality of the CIHO model with a semiotic metrics suite. By managing the heterogeneous nature of software applications and providing context-aware services, hospitals can benefit a lot from improved patient safety and facilitated hospital personnel collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication19th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems, WITS 2009
PublisherSocial Science Research Network
Pages43-48
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2009
Event19th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems, WITS 2009 - Phoenix, AZ, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2009Dec 15 2009

Other

Other19th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems, WITS 2009
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix, AZ
Period12/14/0912/15/09

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Yao, W., Chu, C. H., Kumar, A., & Li, Z. (2009). Using ontology to support context awareness in healthcare. In 19th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems, WITS 2009 (pp. 43-48). Social Science Research Network.