Health, ill health and e-health

Health, ill health and e-health

October 27, 2014
Head of Communication

Good tips for better health are only a few keystrokes away, but much of the health information available on the internet is harmful or downright dangerous. How does one distinguish between sound and good information and information that makes the pain worse?

Much of the knowledge that is shared on the internet helps us to take good steps to improve our own health. Web-based groups where link-minded people share their own experiences provide invaluable help through rough patches. But how can we know that the information we find is of good quality, evidence-based and promotes health rather than the direct opposite?

Questions like this formed the basis when computer scientist Luis Fernandez Luque researched the dissemination of health information via social media. On Friday, October 24, the Norut research scientist presented his PhD thesis at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His thesis is entitled “Health Trust: trust-based retrieval of health social media videos.”

What can we trust? 

The thesis deals with how one can use computer technology to filter and retrieve reliable health information in social media. Luque has in particular analysed patient videos on YouTube; videos that have focused on such diverse diseases as diabetes, MS and anorexia. He has also studied the characteristics of social networks that have formed around a common diagnosis.

Click here to read more about Luque’s findings:

Slideshare from Luis F. Luque’s disputation on October 24, 2014

Ebola on the internet

It would be hard to imagine a more topical trial lecture than this one. The theme of Luque’s trial lecture was “Using social media in crisis management: benefits and challenges”. The doctorate candidate chose this theme to illustrate the use of social media during the Ebola crisis.

Click here to read a summary of Luque’s trial lecture:

Slideshare from Luis F. Luque’s trial lecture on October 24, 2014