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Special Issue "Towards Pervasive Health-Centric Care Systems: Empowering Patients and Citizens Through Sensors and Collaboration Technologies"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ana M. Bernardos

Department of Signal, Systems and Radiocommunications, Telecommunications School, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Av. Complutense 30, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Interests: wireless sensor networks; data fusion; pervasive computing; sensors for healthcare; context management; positioning systems; activity recognition
Guest Editor
Dr. Minna Isomursu

Digital Design Department, IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
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Interests: ambient intelligence; human computer interaction; pervasive healthcare; pervasive computing; sensors for healthcare
Guest Editor
Dr. Guido Giunti

M3S group, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1 90570 Oulu Finland
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Interests: human computer interaction; pervasive healthcare; sensors for healthcare
Guest Editor
Dr. Elisabetta Farella

E3DA, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, 38123 Trento, Italy
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Interests: energy efficient embedded systems; Internet of Things; wearable devices, body area networks; wireless sensor networks; smart cities and communities; ambient intelligence; human computer interaction; motor rehabilitation; pervasive healthcare

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The digitalization of healthcare creates opportunities for services that allow patients to play a stronger role in their care. For example, shared decision-making tools can empower patients in care-related decisions, sensor devices can help patients in building self-awareness of their health, and digital platforms provide new ways for patients to communicate with their peers and care professionals. Service design offers tools for harnessing these new digital enablers for patient empowerment through understanding ecosystems, user journeys and value co-creation models needed for successful implementation and adoption in the context of care.

In this context, this Special Issue welcomes contributions on technology advances applied to patient empowerment and clinician support, and experiences of technology-based clinical pathway improvement.

In particular, the following topics are proposed (although other connected topics may be also suitable for submission):

  • Tailored technologies and services for person/patient empowerment, from prevention to treatment (IoT solutions, mobile applications, artificial intelligence-based systems, etc.).
  • Sensors and sensor intensive applications.
  • Big data infrastructures and predictive strategies for patient support.
  • Works on persuasive interfaces, serious gaming and motivation strategies for treatment adherence.
  • Novel approaches on interfaces for patient empowerment. Use of virtual reality, augmented reality, conversational agents, etc.
  • Caregiver–patient collaboration frameworks for decision-making.
  • Specific approaches to tackle interoperability, usability, security, in the personalization of the clinical service pathway.
  • Experiences of clinical pathway transformation driven by pervasive technologies.
  • Cases of the use of pervasive and social technologies for disease support.
  • Description and application of service design methodologies in healthcare.
  • Prospective studies on the potential of pervasive technologies as agent of change in traditional healthcare systems.
  • Privacy-by-design and other methods to guarantee privacy.

Apart from regular submissions, selected papers from the 6th international EAI 2nd IMPACT 2019 Workshop (collocated with the PervasiveHealth Conference 2019, http://pervasivehealth.org/workshop-impact/) that are significantly extended will be also included in the Special Issue.

Dr. Ana M. Bernardos
Dr. Minna Isomursu
Dr. Guido Giunti
Dr. Elisabetta Farella
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Sensors 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 1800 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.


  • Pervasive health
  • Wearable sensors
  • IoT
  • Service design
  • Patient empowerment
  • Data analysis

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