Towards Delivering Disease Support Processes for Patient Empowerment Using Mobile Virtual Communities

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    In existing healthcare systems, the focus is on clinical processes to assess the health condition of patients, making clinical decisions and applying therapeutic procedures all under control of health professionals. However, patients with chronic diseases usually face many disease related problems that are not immediately under control or supervision of a health professional. Taking patients with chronic cardiovascular diseases as an example, these patients are recommended to make a number of lifestyle changes: increase physical activity, change diet habits, quit smoking and adhere to a medication intake regime. In this paper we propose the use of Mobile Virtual Communities to enhance the empowerment of patients by providing the ICT mediated social support functionalities that assist patients to realize the lifestyle changes needed.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication4th International Conference on Electronic Healthcare, eHealth 2011
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-29261-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event4th International Conference on Electronic Healthcare, eHealth 2011 - Málaga, Spain
    Duration: 21 Nov 201123 Nov 2011

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering


    Conference4th International Conference on Electronic Healthcare, eHealth 2011
    Other21-23 November 2011


    • METIS-286376
    • Cardiovascular Diseases
    • IR-80522
    • patient empowerment
    • disease support processes
    • EWI-21896
    • Telemedicine
    • Mobile Virtual Communities

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