Special Issue "Management and Automation of Health Organizations"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Giovanni Improta
Guest Editor
Department of Public Health, University of Naples Federico II: Naples, Campania, Italy
Interests: Public health; Health Technology Assessment; Lean Six Sigma; Bioengineering; Healthcare decision making; Biomedical signal processing and analysis
Prof. Dr. Paolo Gargiulo
Guest Editor
Institute for Biomedical and Neural Engineering, Reykjavík University, Reykjavík, Iceland
Interests: Biomedical engineering; Biomechanical engineering; Bioengineering; Clinical Engineering; Medical image processing; 3D modelling for surgical planning; Neuroscience; Tissue engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Healthcare organizations are a cost-intensive environment, and they should be managed efficiently. One of the principal key to increase the productivity of existing healthcare facilities is, among the others, the proper management of Operating Rooms (OR), Emergency Departments (ED), diagnostic services, therapeutic pathways, etc., by optimizing the whole process or chain of processes involved in the management and treatment of a patient. In particular, OR management is the science of how to run an operating room suite. It focuses on maximizing operational efficiency at the facility, to maximize the number of surgical cases that can be done on a given day while minimizing the required resources and related costs. Strategic operating room management deals with long-term decision-making. On the other hand, the ED management is increasingly studied to ensure appropriate access to the healthcare services in a timely manner, maximizing the efficiency of used facilities, human and material resources, decreasing delays, and enhancing satisfaction among patients and all the healthcare staff.

Moreover, the healthcare management also comprises an important fraction of hospital budget spending. Holding patient safety constant, the opportunity to increase financial gain through modifying the use of already existing resources is a prime target for managerial analysis. Clear goals for healthcare management are essential: improving productivity and efficiency while main-training high quality of care at all times.

This Special Issue aims to publish innovative researches related healthcare management and automation. Review articles which summarize the state of the art and recent advances in these topics are also welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Technical and IT tools for healthcare management;
  • Reduction of healthcare costs and public health expenditure;
  • Improving the quality of care;
  • Re-engineering of care processes;
  • Introduction of novel diagnostic and therapeutic pathways;
  • Efficient human and material resource management in the hospital;
  • Continuous process improvement;
  • Monitoring of healthcare performances and appropriate access to healthcare services.

Prof. Giovanni Improta
Prof. Dr. Paolo Gargiulo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Public Health management
  • Healthcare automation
  • Quality of care
  • Healthcare process re-engineering
  • Quality improvement
  • Healthcare cost savings

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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