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Special Issue "Emerging Technologies in Health Informatics and Management"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication and Informatics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (22 October 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mahmoud Elkhodr
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School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Interests: information systems; artificial intelligence and image processing; computer software; communications technologies
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Dr. Omar Darwish
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Guest Editor
Computer Technology and Information Systems, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA 24088, USA
Interests: computer information systems
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Dr. Belal Alsinglawi
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School of Computer Data and Mathematical Sciences, Western Sydney University, Rydalmere, NSW 2116, Australia
Interests: computer, data & mathematical sciences
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Health informatics is an evolving interdisciplinary domain that comprises the use of emerging ICT technologies to support and improve healthcare and health.

The convergence of assistive technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and IoT technologies, digitization of health processes and systems, 3D bioprinting, nanomedicine, and robotics is about to occur. The year of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic (2020) witnessed the rise of virtual healthcare. Virtual healthcare technologies, also known as telehealth or telemedicine, have helped provide access to care at a time when cities and even countries were in lockdown.

Apart from the telehealth trends, the healthcare sector is rapidly adopting IoT and cloud computing technologies as well, creating what is known as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). In IoMT, IoT systems and devices such as wearables devices, smart homes, personalized healthcare systems—with data analytics capabilities and including machine learning algorithms—are poised to offer healthcare providers access to a range of information that can be used for monitoring patients, continuous analysis, remote configuration of systems, and importantly, early diagnosis and therapeutic interventions.

This Special Issue seeks commentaries, original research articles, short reports, and reviews on all emerging technologies in healthcare. This Special Issue aims to report on recent and emerging trends in health and medical informatics. It is now more important than ever to bring to light ICT solutions that can improve and automate healthcare services, minimize costs, simplify the management and deployment of healthcare services, preserve patients’ privacy, and improve the security of data collection, processing, storage as well as the that of data analytics.

The “Emerging Technologies in Health Informatics and Management” Special Issue is jointly organized between “Healthcare” and “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health” journals. You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Healthcare.

We look forward to your contribution.

Dr. Mahmoud Elkhodr
Dr. Omar Darwish
Dr. Belal Alsinglawi
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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2300 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.

Keywords

  • Health Informatics
  • AI and ML applications in health
  • Health innovations
  • emerging technologies in ICT health
  • IoT healthcare, internet of medical things (IoMT)
  • Persuasive Technologies in Healthcare
  • HCI in Healthcare
  • Ethical issues in Healthcare applications
  • Telehealth
  • Security and Privacy of healthcare systems
  • Ethical issues in healthcare systems

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Towards a Comprehensive Strategy for the Management of Rare Diseases in Slovenia: Outlining an IT-Enabled Ecosystemic Approach
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(23), 12395; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312395 (registering DOI) - 25 Nov 2021
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Rare diseases (RDs), with distinctive and complex features, pose a serious public health concern and represent a considerable challenge for the Slovenian healthcare system. One of the potential approaches to tackling this problem and treating patients with RDs in a quality and effective [...] Read more.
Rare diseases (RDs), with distinctive and complex features, pose a serious public health concern and represent a considerable challenge for the Slovenian healthcare system. One of the potential approaches to tackling this problem and treating patients with RDs in a quality and effective manner is to form an RD ecosystem. This represents a functional environment that integrates all stakeholders, procedures, and relationships required for the coordinated and effective treatment of patients. This paper explores the current situation in the field of RDs, especially in light of the proposed ecosystemic arrangement, and provides an outline for the design of an RD ecosystem in Slovenia. The research applies a case-study design, where focus groups are used to collect evidence from the field, assess the state of affairs, and generate ideas. Structured focus group discussions were conducted with preeminent experts affiliated with the leading institutions in the field of RDs in Slovenia. Analyses and interpretations of the obtained data were carried out by means of conventional content analysis. Setting up an RD ecosystem in Slovenia would lead to significant benefits for patients, as it could promote the coordination of healthcare treatment and facilitate extensive monitoring of the treatment parameters and outcomes. A well-organized RD ecosystem could garner considerable systemic benefits for evidence-informed policymaking, a better utilization of resources, and technological innovation. Delivering quality healthcare in this complex field is largely reliant on the effective integration and collaboration of all entities within the RD ecosystem, the alignment of related systemic factors, and the direction of healthcare services to support the needs and well-being of patients with RDs. Full article
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Rural Healthcare IoT Architecture Based on Low-Energy LoRa
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7660; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147660 - 19 Jul 2021
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Connected health is expected to introduce an improvement in providing healthcare and doctor-patient communication while at the same time reducing cost. Connected health would introduce an even more significant gap between healthcare quality for urban areas with physical proximity and better communication to [...] Read more.
Connected health is expected to introduce an improvement in providing healthcare and doctor-patient communication while at the same time reducing cost. Connected health would introduce an even more significant gap between healthcare quality for urban areas with physical proximity and better communication to providers and the portion of rural areas with numerous connectivity issues. We identify these challenges using user scenarios and propose LoRa based architecture for addressing these challenges. We focus on the energy management of battery-powered, affordable IoT devices for long-term operation, providing important information about the care receivers’ well-being. Using an external ultra-low-power timer, we extended the battery life in the order of tens of times, compared to relying on low power modes of the microcontroller. Full article
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A Comprehensive Survey on Security and Privacy for Electronic Health Data
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9668; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189668 - 14 Sep 2021
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Recently, the integration of state-of-the-art technologies, such as modern sensors, networks, and cloud computing, has revolutionized the conventional healthcare system. However, security concerns have increasingly been emerging due to the integration of technologies. Therefore, the security and privacy issues associated with e-health data [...] Read more.
Recently, the integration of state-of-the-art technologies, such as modern sensors, networks, and cloud computing, has revolutionized the conventional healthcare system. However, security concerns have increasingly been emerging due to the integration of technologies. Therefore, the security and privacy issues associated with e-health data must be properly explored. In this paper, to investigate the security and privacy of e-health systems, we identified major components of the modern e-health systems (i.e., e-health data, medical devices, medical networks and edge/fog/cloud). Then, we reviewed recent security and privacy studies that focus on each component of the e-health systems. Based on the review, we obtained research taxonomy, security concerns, requirements, solutions, research trends, and open challenges for the components with strengths and weaknesses of the analyzed studies. In particular, edge and fog computing studies for e-health security and privacy were reviewed since the studies had mostly not been analyzed in other survey papers. Full article
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