Health Web Science

Social Media Data for Healthcare

  • Kerstin Denecke

Part of the Health Information Science book series (HIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
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      Pages 3-5
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      Pages 7-16
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      Pages 17-22
  3. Medical Social Media: Content, Characteristics, Appearance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
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      Pages 25-27
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      Pages 33-47
  4. Information Discovery from Medical Social Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
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      Pages 75-81
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      Pages 83-98
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
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      Pages 101-108
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      Pages 109-119
  6. Influence Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
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      Pages 123-125
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 149-168

About this book


This book introduces the field of Health Web Science and presents methods for information gathering from written social media data. It explores the availability and utility of the personal medical information shared on social media platforms and determines ways to apply this largely untapped information source to healthcare systems and public health monitoring. Introducing an innovative concept for integrating social media data with clinical data, it addresses the crucial aspect of combining experiential data from social media with clinical evidence, and explores how the variety of available social media content can be analyzed and implemented. The book tackles a range of topics including social media’s role in healthcare, the gathering of shared information, and the integration of clinical and social media data. Application examples of social media for health monitoring, along with its usage in patient treatment are also provided. The book also considers the ethical and legal issues of gathering and utilizing social media data, along with the risks and challenges that must be considered when integrating social media data into healthcare choices. With an increased interest internationally in E-Health, Health 2.0, Medicine 2.0 and the recent birth of the discipline of Web Science, this book will be a valuable resource for researchers and practitioners investigating this emerging topic.


Data Integration Health 2.0 Health informatics Health web science Information Extraction Information Retrieval Information System Medicine 2.0 Social Media Text mining Web 2.0 Web Science

Authors and affiliations

  • Kerstin Denecke
    • 1
  1. 1.Innovation Center for Computer Assisted SurgeryUniversität LeipzigLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20581-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20582-3
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