Summary: In A. Hasman, B. Blobel, J. Dudeck, R. Engelbrecht, G. Gell & H. Prokosch (Eds), Medical Infobahn in
Europe (MIE'2000), IOS Press, Amsterdam
A Personalised Healthcare Information
Delivery System: Pushing Customised
Healthcare Information Over the WWW
Syed Sibte Raza ABIDI & Alwyn GOH
Health Informatics Research Group, School of Computer Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MALAYSIA.
Abstract. Easier and focused access to healthcare information can empower individuals to make `informed'
choices and judgements about personal health maintenance. To achieve `optimum' patient empowerment, we
need to re-evaluate and potentially re-design the processes of healthcare information delivery. Our suggestion
is that healthcare information should be personalised according to each individual's healthcare needs and it
should be pro-actively delivered, i.e. pushed towards the individual. We present an intelligent Personalised
Healthcare Information Delivery Systems that aims to enhance patient empowerment by pro-actively pushing
customised, based on one's Electronic Medical Record, health maintenance information via the WWW.
Recent healthcare reforms, world-wide, aim to promote wellness maintenance
programs--i.e. the adoption and adherence to healthier lifestyles--at the
individual/community level [1, 2]. The underlying approach is to empower individuals to
actively participate and even take charge of personal healthcare decision-making and