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Journal of Computer Networks and Communications
Volume 2012, Article ID 596749, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/596749
Research Article

Development of Personal Wellness Information Model for Pervasive Healthcare

1eHealth Research Group, School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere, P.O. BOX 607, 33014 University of Tampere, Finland
2Department of Information, National Institute for Health and Welfare, P.O. Box 30, 00271 Helsinki, Finland

Received 2 March 2012; Accepted 8 August 2012

Academic Editor: Rui Zhang

Copyright © 2012 Antto Seppälä et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Pervasive healthcare and citizen-centered care paradigm are moving the healthcare outside the hospital environment. Healthcare delivery is becoming more personalized and decentralized, focusing on prevention and proactive services with a complete view of health and wellbeing. The concept of wellness has been used to describe this holistic view of health, which focuses on physical, social, and mental well-being. Pervasive computing makes it possible to collect information and offer services anytime and anywhere. To support pervasive healthcare with wellness approaches, semantic interoperability is needed between all actors and information sources in the ecosystem. This study focuses on the domain of personal wellness and analyzes related concepts, relationships, and environments. As a result of this study, we have created an information model that focuses on the citizens’ perspectives and conceptualizations of personal wellness. The model has been created based on empirical research conducted with focus groups.