eHealth and mHealth

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2024 | Viewed by 3353

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eHealth Institute, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, 8020 Graz, Austria
Interests: health informatics; personal health; eHealth; mHealth
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eHealth Institute, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, 8020 Graz, Austria
Interests: AI; eHealth; mHealth; medical imaging

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, 1200 Vienna, Austria
Interests: medical engineering; eHealth

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

eHealth, or Electronic Health, signifies the utilization of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to fortify and elevate health and healthcare. This comprehensive concept encompasses a diverse array of applications, services, and systems designed to facilitate the electronic management of health information. It fosters seamless communication between healthcare providers and patients, ultimately enhancing the delivery of healthcare services.

Moreover, mHealth, or Mobile Health, is the strategic use of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, and wireless technologies. Its purpose is to bolster healthcare delivery, amplify health outcomes, and provide accessible health-related information and services.

These transformative trends have the potential to disrupt the healthcare system, ushering in a paradigm shift towards predictive, prevention-focused, and personalized service delivery, underpinned by the utilization of digital data. The emergence of new services holds the promise of actively involving participants in their own journey towards maintaining good health and reshaping how they receive healthcare services.

In unison, eHealth and mHealth contribute synergistically to the ongoing digitization and advancement of the healthcare landscape, marking a pivotal era of innovation and enhanced patient-centric care.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Usability and user experience in health apps;
  • Effectiveness of mobile health interventions;
  • Data security and privacy in eHealth;
  • Integration of wearables and ioT in healthcare;
  • Machine learning and predictive analytics in eHealth;
  • Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring;
  • Behavioral interventions through mobile apps;
  • Ethical considerations in eHealth and mHealth;
  • Human-centered design for health technologies.

Dr. Sten Hanke
Dr. Bernhard Neumayer
Prof. Dr. Stefan Sauermann
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • eHealth
  • mHealth
  • wearables
  • telemedicine
  • interoperability
  • mobile apps
  • standards
  • patient empowerment

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In-Home Evaluation of the NeoCare Artificial Intelligence Sound-Based Fall Detection System
by Carol Maher, Kylie A. Dankiw, Ben Singh, Svetlana Bogomolova and Rachel G. Curtis
Future Internet 2024, 16(6), 197; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi16060197 - 2 Jun 2024
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The NeoCare home monitoring system aims to detect falls and other events using artificial intelligence. This study evaluated NeoCare’s accuracy and explored user perceptions through a 12-week in-home trial with 18 households of adults aged 65+ years old at risk of falls (mean [...] Read more.
The NeoCare home monitoring system aims to detect falls and other events using artificial intelligence. This study evaluated NeoCare’s accuracy and explored user perceptions through a 12-week in-home trial with 18 households of adults aged 65+ years old at risk of falls (mean age: 75.3 years old; 67% female). Participants logged events that were cross-referenced with NeoCare logs to calculate sensitivity and specificity for fall detection and response. Qualitative interviews gathered in-depth user feedback. During the trial, 28 falls/events were documented, with 12 eligible for analysis as others occurred outside the home or when devices were offline. NeoCare was activated 4939 times—4930 by everyday household sounds and 9 by actual falls. Fall detection sensitivity was 75.00% and specificity 6.80%. For responding to falls, sensitivity was 62.50% and specificity 17.28%. Users felt more secure with NeoCare but identified needs for further calibration to improve accuracy. Advantages included avoiding wearables, while key challenges were misinterpreting noises and occasional technical issues like going offline. Suggested improvements were visual indicators, trigger words, and outdoor capability. The study demonstrated NeoCare’s potential with modifications. Users found it beneficial, but highlighted areas for improvement. Real-world evaluations and user-centered design are crucial for healthcare technology development. Full article
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The Future of Healthcare with Industry 5.0: Preliminary Interview-Based Qualitative Analysis
by Juliana Basulo-Ribeiro and Leonor Teixeira
Future Internet 2024, 16(3), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi16030068 - 22 Feb 2024
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With the advent of Industry 5.0 (I5.0), healthcare is undergoing a profound transformation, integrating human capabilities with advanced technologies to promote a patient-centered, efficient, and empathetic healthcare ecosystem. This study aims to examine the effects of Industry 5.0 on healthcare, emphasizing the synergy [...] Read more.
With the advent of Industry 5.0 (I5.0), healthcare is undergoing a profound transformation, integrating human capabilities with advanced technologies to promote a patient-centered, efficient, and empathetic healthcare ecosystem. This study aims to examine the effects of Industry 5.0 on healthcare, emphasizing the synergy between human experience and technology. To this end, 6 specific objectives were found, which were answered in the results through an empirical study based on interviews with 11 healthcare professionals. This article thus outlines strategic and policy guidelines for the integration of I5.0 in healthcare, advocating policy-driven change, and contributes to the literature by offering a solid theoretical basis on I5.0 and its impact on the healthcare sector. Full article
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