Special Issue "Smart Home Care"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. George E. Dafoulas
Guest Editor
Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly
Interests: ICT-enabled healthcare; real-world evidence; Health 4.0; diabetology
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Dr. Evdokimos Konstantinidis
Guest Editor
Medical Physics Laboratory, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Interests: ICT-enabled healthcare; living lab methodology; innovation in healthcare
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The challenge of ageing populations has led to the development of technical platforms aiming to support health and care services. Given the effort to move to an in-home care model as much as possible, the contribution of information and communication technologies (ICT)-enabled care can transform modern houses to smart homes able to support the needs of elderly people, chronic patients, and persons in need of guidance and care due to age-related conditions or disabilities. The advances of the 4th Industrial Revolution based on the internet of things (IoT), machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and 5G, applied in the health care sector (Health 4.0), also have the ability to transform the provision of health care at home. The advantages of smart home care include the support of the user’s independence, a better quality of life, and a reduced burden for health care settings. On the other hand, the challenges of cost effectiveness, user acceptance and satisfaction, privacy and ethical considerations, and new organization models of smart home care need to be addressed. This Special Issue welcomes contributions of studies focused on these advantages and challenges of Smart Home Care, based on various technological platforms and covering all aspects of care. We are interested in studies and reviews focused on the evaluation of Smart Home Care services, rather than reports of technological breakthroughs.

Dr. George E. Dafoulas
Dr. Evdokimos Konstantinidis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Data analytics
  • Machine learning
  • Big data
  • Smart health
  • Internet of Medical Things
  • Privacy
  • Health care delivery
  • Global health
  • Medical practice, training, and education
  • Health services research
  • Transitions in healthcare
  • Methods for involving users in the innovation at all stages of the design and development of new healthcare ICT
  • ICT tools for empowering and motivating people to help them improve and maintain their independence, functional capacity, and health status as well as preserving their physical, cognitive, mental, and social well-being

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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