18 April 2007

Call for papers: Telemedicine & E-Health

Call for papers: Telemedicine & E-Health

A special issue of International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology

Enabling medical practice through the application of telecommunication and information technologies to overcome geographical separation has been a long-sought vision, currently challenged by an abundance of incompatible technology, lack of performing service models, and dramatic disparities in the population access to healthcare. New trends like mobile patients, computer supported collaborative medical sessions, ambulatory monitoring with intelligent alarm processing, patient centered information systems, diagnosis expertise subcontracting across national borders, and knowledge extraction from large repositories of specialised patient records, among others, are irreversibly accentuating the gap between private and public medicine practices, leaving at the same time rural telemedicine behind its urban counterpart. Nevertheless, improvement of healthcare quality and delivery in such framework is envisioned beyond rapid retrieval and exchange of multimedia patient data, addressing issues that mainly concern end-user ergonomics, ubiquity, standardisation, detailed process workflow analysis, security, and medical practice support.

Original contributions on novel, robust, user and environment constraints aware, interoperable and effective solutions, to existing problems within the aforementioned context are invited. Authors are requested to submit manuscripts including, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Open source software-hardware applications
  • Standardisation
  • Mobile telemedicine
  • Nomad multimedia patient records
  • Personal health
  • Smart homes
  • Collaborative work
  • Medical practice support for collaborative work
  • Virtual and augmented reality for telemedicine and e-health
  • Networked home monitoring and home care
  • Remote therapy and rehabilitation
  • Special needs, disability and distant healthcare
  • Integration of telemedicine platforms with hospital information systems and PACS
  • Wireless multimedia platforms
  • Exploitation of broadband wireless quality of service
  • Service models effectiveness assessment
  • Privacy and security issues
  • Emerging approaches

Important Dates

One page proposal deadline: May 28, 2007
Full paper submission deadline: June 30, 2007
Review results and notification: August 20, 2007
Submission of revised papers: September 28, 2007
Final acceptance of papers: October 31, 2007

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