1st International ICST Workshop on Location Based Services for Health Care

Research Article

A Context-Aware Traveler Healthcare Service (THS) System

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/PCTHEALTH.2006.361682,
        author={Hwa-Jong  Kim and Heui-Sug  Jo},
        title={A Context-Aware Traveler Healthcare Service (THS) System},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Location Based Services for Health Care},
        keywords={Cardiac disease  Cardiovascular diseases  Context-aware services  History  Hospitals  Injuries  Medical diagnostic imaging  Medical services  Medical treatment  Parasitic diseases},
  • Hwa-Jong Kim
    Heui-Sug Jo
    Year: 2007
    A Context-Aware Traveler Healthcare Service (THS) System
    DOI: 10.1109/PCTHEALTH.2006.361682
Hwa-Jong Kim1,*, Heui-Sug Jo2,*
  • 1: Director General, Ubiquitous Kangwon Policy Office, Kangwon, Korea
  • 2: School of Medicine, Kangwon National University, ChunChon, Korea
*Contact email: hjkim@kangwon.ac.kr, choice@kangwon.ac.kr


In the paper, we introduce a new context-aware traveler healthcare service (THS) system and compared it with ordinary emergency healthcare system. Until now, any disease or injury during a trip was regarded as an emergency and the patient is usually sent back to the closest hospital having an emergency room. With the ordinary emergency healthcare service, the traveler may suffer from high cost due to unnecessary additional emergency treatment or improper treatment because of insufficient personal health information. However, a traveler may receive a more convenient (and efficient) healthcare service if pertinent context information for the traveler is provided, for example location of the patient, sex, age or important medical history. We propose the architecture of a context-aware THS system which can be used in a tourist region and explain its operations