9 January 2013

Call for papers: "Information and Communication Technology for Telemedicine in Healthcare"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology.

There is no doubt now that information and communication technology (ICT) and telemedicine are necessary to keep healthcare at a qualitatively acceptable level. Now is the time for quality improvement in healthcare through ICT.
The future application of ICT in healthcare will only yield the expected benefits if and only if, firstly, ICT infrastructure is fully ready, and secondly, healthcare professionals are aware of the developments and are trained to use the technology-based healthcare services.
For this purpose, independent research in the area of telemedicine is crucial for the development of concrete applications of healthcare. This special issue will report on the development of telemedicine in the various areas listed below.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Telemedicine-supporting technologies:
  • Network architectures for telemedicine
  • Wireless telemedicine
  • Mobile service platforms for continuity of healthcare
  • Complexity of telemedicine systems
  • New sensor and medical RFID technologies
  • Network/data privacy and security in healthcare
  • Network research issues in supporting healthcare
  • Computing issues in supporting healthcare
  • Multimedia (video and voice) for telemedicine
  • Wireless telemedicine applications
  • Electromagnetic interference issues
  • Signal processing techniques in wired/wireless telemedicine systems
  • Interactive audio-visual and data communications
  • Telemedicine devices and peripherals
  • Database technologies for telemedicine
  • Standard efforts for telemedicine
  • Tools and platforms for telemedicine
  • Legal and ethical issues for telemedicine
  • Quality of telemedicine
  • Telemedicine site experiences
  • Quality assessment and cataloguing for telemedicine applications
  • E-nabled access
  • Biomedical sensors
  • Biomedical sensor networks
  • Computing and communications of biomedical sensor networks
  • Telemedicine applications:
  • Emergency healthcare
  • Videoconsulting, telecardiology, telepathology, teledermatology, teleophthalmology, teleoncology, telepsychiatry, teledentistry
  • Distance learning
  • Medical care delivery, diagnosis, consultation and treatment at a distance
  • Medical education and the transfer of medical data
  • Nursing homes or retirement centres
  • Home monitoring for patients
  • Healthcare in the aftermath of disasters
Important Dates:
Manuscript submission: 31 March, 2013
Notification of acceptance: 31 May, 2013
Revised final manuscript submission: 30 June, 2013

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