The health suite concept: A social media platform for public health applications

Schubert Foo, Santosh Vijaykumar, May O. Lwin, Yin Leng Theng, Natalie Pang, Jeffrey Hong, Owen Noel Newton Fernando

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Abstract

Social media interventions addressing public health issues have proliferated at an unprecedented rate in the past decade. However, despite its nimble and flexible nature, social media has been applied to health issues in silos. By this, we mean that social media affordances have either been applied to addressing specific aspects of a health issue, or have focused on addressing one issue at a time, such as infectious diseases. Given the apparent commonalities in the technological characteristics of social media for health interventions, applying the same features to a distinct set of health issues leads to reinventing the wheel and, more important, redundancy in technological deliverables. This paper addresses this issue by proposing the general architecture of Health Suite, an integrative common platform built on a plug-and-play model for health-related social media solutions. We present summary findings from formative research studies that informed our idea, offer a detailed description of Health Suite and its various modules, and demonstrate how Health Suite's modules have been adapted for designing a social media-based dengue prevention intervention in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The paper culminates with a brief discussion of challenges and future directions for this e-health architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conferences on ICT, Society and Human Beings 2014, Web Based Communities and Social Media 2014, e-Commerce 2014, Information Systems Post-Implementation and Change Management 2014 and e-Health 2014 - Part of the Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2014
EditorsClaire Gauzente, Mario Macedo, Pedro Isaias, Miguel Baptista Nunes, Piet Kommers, Guo Chao Peng
PublisherInternational Association for the Development of the Information Society
Pages239-246
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789898704115
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conferences on ICT, Society and Human Beings 2014, Web Based Communities and Social Media 2014, e-Commerce 2014, Information Systems Post-Implementation and Change Management 2014 and e-Health 2014 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 17 Jul 201419 Jul 2014

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conferences on ICT, Society and Human Beings 2014, Web Based Communities and Social Media 2014, e-Commerce 2014, Information Systems Post-Implementation and Change Management 2014 and e-Health 2014
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period17/07/1419/07/14

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