Special Issue "Body Sensors Networks for E-Health Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2019
Dr. Laura M. Roa
Dr. Javier Reina-Tosina
The monitoring and analysis of physiological variables through biomedical sensors is fundamental for the diagnosis and monitoring of users and/or patients in the context of e-Health. A biomedical sensor is usually located on the patient to record and analyze physiological signals such as the electrocardiogram, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, body temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate or blood glucose concentration, which can be performed on a 24/7 continuous monitoring scheme (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). The biomedical sensors are connected wirelessly to each other or to an external link device, forming a body sensors network (BSN). BSNs enable real-time, ubiquitous, pervasive and non-obstructive monitoring of the patient's health status and the detection of emergency situations. They provide a reduction in the cost of medical care, since monitoring is done outside the clinical setting, and results in an improvement of the quality of diagnosis and medical follow-up, making possible the early diagnosis of a possible disease and the early management of patients outside the hospital.
These sensors are usually small and lightweight, portable (placed on the skin or in a garment), but also implantable, to allow non-intrusive monitoring, performed in a transparent way, so that the user can obtain an actual measurement of the measured physiological variable, without it being affected by the measurement process itself, and avoiding any type of discomfort to the user.
Despite the advances in BSN, there are still many challenges to be addressed, such as the miniaturization of sensor devices for transparent monitoring, usability and scalability, energy efficiency and energy harvesting to provide greater autonomy, the standardization of low-power wireless communication, design and characterization issues related to antennas in a body environment or the integration of implantable devices.
This Special Issue intends to publish high-quality research papers as well as review articles that would address recent advances and challenges in BSNs for e-Health applications.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Novel and enhanced sensors of physiological variables
- Innovative health-sensing technologies and applications
- Implantable and minimally invasive devices and nanosensors
- BSN hardware platforms for e-Health applications
- Artifact correction and enhanced monitoring using information fusion
- New processing algorithms and machine learning in BSNs
- Low-power wireless communication technologies for BSNs
- Design and characterization of antennas in BSNs
- Energy efficiency and energy harvesting for body sensor devices
- Big data challenges and Internet of Things in BSNs
- Future challenges of BSNs in e-Health applications
Dr. David Naranjo-Hernández
Dr. Laura M. Roa
Dr. Javier Reina-Tosina
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