Special Issue "mHealth in Smart Cities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Several factors are driving a slow but steady shift in medicine. At present, doctors and hospitals are at the center of health care. Optimistically, people visit the doctor maybe once per year, where they receive expert advice, treatments, and action plans, all within a short 10–15 min meeting with the doctor. Afterward, the patient goes back to their normal daily life and the doctor moves on to the next patient. New trends in health care technology such real-time health interventions (RTHIs) mitigate these limitations by supporting treatments in naturalistic environments—namely, anywhere, and at any time. RTHI systems use wearable sensors and intelligent models for recognizing physical and mental conditions, as well as mechanisms to determine the intervention, the timing, and the dose that maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. In this context, an intervention to support an RTHI system for the treatment of obesity would recognize long periods of sedentarism and recommend physical activity; it could suggest some dietary changes based on prescribed calories, and it also could trigger an alert when the GPS shows the patient is heading to the location of their favorite fast food restaurant.
However, the application of RTHIs in health care is not as rosy as it initially appears, because it usually takes a great deal of patience, dedication, and persistence to alter a long-established behavior pattern. For example, a recent study showed that about 70% of people who acquire wearable devices like Fitbit abandon its use after a few weeks. From an intervention design perspective, it takes a huge investment and cooperation between people from diverse disciplines to successfully implement and deploy effective interventions. A key element for the successful deployment of RTHI systems is patient adherence to interventions or treatment plans.
In this Special Issue we want to explore the use of incentive mechanisms designed to enhance patient adherence to health interventions. We want explore the elements of incentive mechanism design that may be suitable for improving adherence and compliance. We also want to explore the extent to which general-purpose incentive mechanisms may be useful for improving these treatment metrics. Other topics included in this Special Issue include the role of participatory techniques such as crowdsourcing, crowdsensing, and social networks in improving the patient’s probability of successfully self-managing the prescribed interventions.
Dr. Luis G James
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Cyber-physical systems
- Real-time interventions
- Incentive mechanism design
- Social networks