Special Issue "Telemedicine and Medical Cloud"


A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ana D. Cleveland
Department of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311068, Denton, TX 76203-5017, USA
Website: http://courses.unt.edu/acleveland/
E-Mail: ana.cleveland@unt.edu
Phone: +1 940 565 2445
Fax: +1 940 565 3101
Interests: health information management; bioinformatics; mobile health; information organization
Guest Editor
Dr. Ashish Joshi
Department of Health Services Research and Administration, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4341, USA
Website: http://www.unmc.edu/publichealth/ashish.htm
E-Mail: ashish.joshi@unmc.edu
Interests: human centered GeoVisualization; multifaceted informatics; interventions to support chronic care; computer mediated Health Education and Health Promotion; Mobile Health and Telehealth; technology evaluation and health outcomes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Specialized physicians from a large number of health care institutions are providing education, remote diagnosis and second opinion to other health centers that do not have specialized human resources. The evolution of technology creates opportunities to improve telemedicine services. Cloud computing has a revolutionary effect on telemedicine as it facilitates improvement of services any time and anywhere. Many medical professionals are already using advance telehealth application of cloud computing. Cloud computing improve healthcare services all over the world. Most cloud providers offer security mechanisms such as filtering unauthorized users and, auditing abnormal data retrieval actions. Lack of trust remains the major issue that keeps consumers from placing sensitive data in the cloud. This special issue covers both theoretical research and application of telemedicine and medical cloud. We encourage authors to submit their original research articles, work in progress, reviews, and short comments in this field. We also welcome research work that has performed cost analysis using these applications.

Prof. Dr. Ana D. Cleveland
Dr. Ashish Joshi
Guest Editors


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  • telemedicine
  • healthcare
  • cloud computing
  • privacy
  • information architecture
  • patient care
  • health outcomes
  • Published Papers

    No papers have been published in this special issue yet, see below for planned papers.

    Planned Papers

    The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

    Type of Paper: Article
    Building a Trusted, Dependable Cloud Ecosystem for Sustainable Telemedicine
    Author: Yeona Jang
    Affiliation: Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, James Administration Building, 845 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T5, Canada; E-Mail: yeona.jang@mcgill.ca
    Abstract: Despite a wide range of investments in telemedicine being made within various healthcare settings, adoption of telemedicine in clinical practice is slow, and a large-scale impact from investments appears to be elusive. The benefits of cloud computing include ease of ubiquity, customization of services, sharing of information, and infrastructure on demand. This paper reviews the literature on telemedicine and the state of cloud computing in other industries to identify enablers and obstacles; and use the resulting analysis to propose a multi-disciplinary framework for building a trusted, dependable cloud ecosystem where key components are identified to work together for sustainable telemedicine.

    Type of Paper: Article
    Title: Hospital Healthcare Satisfaction Risk Assessment and Management Using an Automated Risk-O-Meter Software with a Game Theoretic Algorithm –- A Quantitative Case Study (2013) in Alabama USA
    Authors: M. Sahinoglu, E. Samelo and S. Morton
    Affiliation: Informatics Institute and CSIS (Cybersystems and Information Security) Graduate Program, Auburn University at Montgomery, P.O. Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124-4023, USA; E-Mail: msahinog@aum.edu
    Abstract: This applied research paper implements a methodology about how to improve patient-centered quality of care in the light of uncertain nationwide healthcare quality mandate to disseminate and utilize results for the "most bang for the buck". A patient-centered composite 'credibility' or 'satisfaction' score is proposed for the mutual benefit of patients seeking quality care, and hospitals delivering the promised healthcare, and insurance companies facilitating a financially accountable healthcare [1]. Patient-centered quality of care risk assessment and management are inseparable aspects of health care in a hospital, yet both are frequently overlooked. In Alabama State, a 2004 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found substantial dissatisfaction with the quality of health care [2] as well as other related national reports [3] and managing insurance companies [4]. The primary author's innovation [5], i.e. RoM (Risk-O-Meter), will provide a measurable patient-centered 'quality of care' risk, associated cost, and risk mitigation advice for vulnerabilities and threats associated with an automated (i.e. digitized and objective, not manually prepared and subjective) and priority-scheduled management of health care quality investments in a hospital or clinic. The RoM software will be demonstrated to assess and enhance quality in the case of an ambulatory or non-ambulatory patient seeking health care at local hospitals. The Risk of Service (RoS) metric out of a 100%will be followed up by a remedial cost-optimized game-theoretic analysis about how to bring an undesirable risk to a tolerable level by determining what first priority precautions to be taken [6].
    Keywords: healthcare; risk-o-meter software; assessment; management; game-theory; cost

    [1] Sahinoglu M., Wool K., “Risk Assessment and Management to Estimate and Improve Hospital Credibility Score of a Patient Health Care Quality”, Book Chapter (Society of Design and Process Science - In Development (Sept/Oct 2012): Cyberphysical Systems of the Future: Transdisciplinary Convergence in the 21st Century, Editors: Sang Suh, et al., soon to be published in May 2013 by Springer publishing, contracted ‘Applied Cyber Physical Systems’. http://www.springer.com/computer/information+systems+and+applications/book/978-1-4614-7335-0
    [2] National Survey on Consumers’ Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, Kaiser Family Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, November 2004.
    [3] National Healthcare Quality Report, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ Publication No.08-0040, February 2008.
    [4] “Wellpoint Shakes Up Hospital Payments”, Wall Street Journal - Marketplace, May 16, 2011.
    [5] Sahinoglu M., “Security Meter - A Practical Decision Tree Model to Quantify Risk,” IEEE Security and Privacy, 3 (3), April/May 2005, pp.18-24.
    [6] Sahinoglu M., “Trustworthy Computing: Analytical and Quantitative Engineering Evaluation”, John Wiley (2007).

    Last update: 16 October 2013

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