Special Issue "Intelligent Digital Health Interventions"

A special issue of Digital (ISSN 2673-6470).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andreas Triantafyllidis
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Centre for Research and Technology, Information Technologies Institute, 57001 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: mobile health; medical informatics; pervasive computing; artificial intelligence; computerised decision support
Prof. Dr. Mariusz Duplaga
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Department of Health Promotion and e-Health, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Skawińska Str. 8, 31-066 Krakow, Poland
Interests: e-health; telemedicine; digital health; public health; health promotion; health literacay; digital health literecy; respiratory medicine
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Dr. Konstantinos Votis
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Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: human–computer interaction; Internet of Things; cybersecurity; blockchain technologies; pervasive computing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Digital health technology, including modalities such as mobile apps, Internet-linked systems, electronic health records, and monitoring sensors, shows enormous potential to transform healthcare by supporting independent living and self-management, reducing health care costs, and providing significant health outcomes for both patients and medical professionals. The challenge now is to take advantage of the knowledge generated through the collection, processing, and evaluation of clinical, sensed, and behavioral data, in order to support remote medical management and coach patients where required. Toward this end, new intelligent digital health interventions based on tools and algorithms for computerized decision support and machine learning need to be carefully designed, developed, and deployed in real-world settings.

The Special Issue on Intelligent Digital Health Interventions aims to present the latest advances in the application of digital health technologies. Theoretical and practical aspects related to digital health, reviews, as well as interventions targeting the COVID-19 pandemic period are appropriate.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Mobile and pervasive computing;

  • Machine learning approaches;
  • Real-world digital health interventions;
  • Decision support systems;
  • Knowledge discovery in intelligent health systems;
  • Natural language processing;
  • Mining of electronic health records;
  • Security of health information;
  • Medical devices, smart biosensors, and sensor networks;
  • Internet of Things;
  • Augmented or virtual reality applications;
  • Usability and patient satisfaction;
  • Health education;
  • Robotics interventions;
  • Digital health technologies designed specifically for children, seniors, or people with chronic disease.

Dr. Andreas Triantafyllidis
Prof. Dr. Mariusz Duplaga
Dr. Konstantinos Votis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information 

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Digital is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Digital health
  • Machine learning
  • Decision support systems
  • Mobile computing
  • Pervasive health
  • Knowledge discovery
  • Internet of Things
  • Intelligent sensors
  • Medical interventions

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Comparison between Self-Reported and Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity in Young versus Older Children
Digital 2021, 1(2), 103-110; https://doi.org/10.3390/digital1020008 - 09 Apr 2021
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Physical inactivity in children is a major public health challenge, for which valid physical activity assessment tools are needed. Wearable devices provide a means for objective assessment of children’s physical activity, but they are often not adopted because of issues such as cost, [...] Read more.
Physical inactivity in children is a major public health challenge, for which valid physical activity assessment tools are needed. Wearable devices provide a means for objective assessment of children’s physical activity, but they are often not adopted because of issues such as cost, comfort, and privacy. In this context, self-reporting tools could be employed, but their validity in relation to a child’s age is understudied. We present the agreement of one of the most popular self-reporting tools, the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children (PAQ-C) with accelerometer-measured physical activity in 9-year-old versus 12-year-old children, wearing an accelerometer-based wearable device for seven consecutive days. We study the relationship between the PAQ-C and accelerometer scores using Spearman’s rank correlation coefficients and Bland–Altman plots in a sample of 131 children included for analysis. Overall, there was correlation between PAQ-C score and physical activity measures for the 12-year-old children (rho = 0.47 for total physical activity, rho = 0.43 for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, rho = 0.41 for steps, p < 0.01), but not for the 9-year-old children (rho = 0.08 for total physical activity, rho = 0.21 for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, rho = 0.19 for steps, p > 0.05). All PAQ-C items other than item 3 (activity at recess) did not reach significance in correlation with accelerometry for the 9-year-old children (p > 0.05). Therefore, the use of wearable devices for more objective assessment of physical activity in younger children should be preferred. Full article
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