A Virtual Patient Navigation Application for Lung Cancer Assessment Patients

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 289)


A virtual patient navigator is a web/mobile application that helps patients with lung cancer diagnosis reduce their anxiety and uncertainties. In particular, lung cancer patients easily become overwhelmed when having to manage information overload, many appointments with different instructions and locations, and recommendations on how to improve their lifestyle. Existing solutions such as paper-based patient navigators provide much reliable information but are limited in terms of dynamic updates and do not provide opportunities for interactions between care providers and patients. In this paper, we propose a new web-based, mobile, and user-friendly virtual patient navigator application named Care Ami, which incorporates the information found in an existing paper-based navigator along with new features such as remote updates to personal care paths and calendars, personalized navigation guidance, sharing of symptom/medication information, and peer group support. The architecture and main features of this application are presented. Based on the identified requirements, Care Ami compares favorably against related work and solutions.


Drupal eHealth Lung cancer Uncertainties Virtual patient navigation 



This work was supported in part by the funding from the Telfer Health Transformation Exchange (THTex) at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. We are also thankful to Carl Maisonneuve for useful discussions about the TOH platforms, and to Jacques Sincennes for his help with the infrastructure.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer Science and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Telfer School of ManagementUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.The Ottawa HospitalOttawaCanada

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