A prototype mobile virtual assistant for semantic-based vaccine information retrieval

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Since the early 90s, healthcare providers have been mandated to provide VIS (Vaccine Information Statement) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to parents and patients before their children or themselves receive any vaccination uptake. Despite the initiative, there exist issues of patients not receiving a comprehensive understanding about the vaccines and some evidence of doubt of the safety of vaccines. In addition, a significant number of patients find vaccine information on the Internet, which may inevitably influence perceptions of vaccines. This paper introduces Vaccine Helmsman, an initial prototype of a mobile client that allows for natural language querying of semantically-driven knowledge-base of vaccine information for patients. With the ubiquitous impact of the web and mobile devices in the hands of many patients, this would allow for contextual and instant access to vaccine information, and therefore enhance vaccine literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSmart Health - International Conference, ICSH 2014, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319084152
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference for Smart Health, CSH 2014 - Beijing, China
Duration: Jul 10 2014Jul 11 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8549 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Conference for Smart Health, CSH 2014


  • mHealth
  • mobile
  • natural language
  • ontology
  • semantic knowledge
  • vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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