A Lexical-Ontological Resource for Consumer Healthcare

  • Elena Cardillo
  • Luciano Serafini
  • Andrei Tamilin
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 27)


In Consumer Healthcare Informatics it is still difficult for laypeople to find, understand and act on health information, due to the persistent communication gap between specialized medical terminology and that used by healthcare consumers. Furthermore, existing clinically-oriented terminologies cannot provide sufficient support when integrated into consumer-oriented applications, so there is a need to create consumer-friendly terminologies reflecting the different ways healthcare consumers express and think about health topics. Following this direction, this work suggests a way to support the design of an ontology-based system that mitigates this gap, using knowledge engineering and semantic web technologies. The system is based on the development of a consumer-oriented medical terminology that will be integrated with other medical domain ontologies and terminologies into a medical ontology repository. This will support consumer-oriented healthcare systems, such as Personal Health Records, by providing many knowledge services to help users in accessing and managing their healthcare data.


Medical Vocabulary Acquisition Consumer-oriented Terminologies Healthcare Ontologies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Cardillo
    • 1
  • Luciano Serafini
    • 1
  • Andrei Tamilin
    • 1
  1. 1.FBK-IRST(Trento)Italy

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