About this Research Topic
The COVID-19 global pandemic has laid bare the frailties of the healthcare systems worldwide that were originally designed as a one-intervention-fits-all-manner. While such an approach may work for the majority of the population which is healthy, it unfavorably treats the elderly population, and other members of the society having chronic health problems. Moreover, due to the advancements made in medicine in the last hundred years, humans are now living longer than ever, creating new challenges for the health sector related to people ageing. Despite many recent innovations in the field of mobile health technologies, wearable sensing technologies are still quite far away from becoming a valuable asset to health care. However, this may soon change as in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been remarkable cases all over the world in which connected and wearable technologies were used with profound effect to support not only the exhausted medical practitioners but the whole healthcare sector. It is expected that these events through which the benefits of connected health care systems can be observed will serve as the launchpad for a wide-scale acceptance of internet of things (IoT) and wearable sensing technologies in the medical sector, finally helping unravel the promise of IoT-enabled health care. Although consumer health wearables in the form of smartwatches and fitness bands are getting more common to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, there is limited use of such systems in that population having a defined illness or disability. To promote user engagement within this vulnerable group of our society, there is a great need to develop patient-centric health care technologies. Furthermore, the development of a reliable and secure health monitoring architecture that is easily compatible with the current wireless communication technologies is also vital to the success and mass-deployment of connected healthcare systems.
This research topic is focused on the technological infrastructure for connected health care that ranges from physical sensing systems that collect the physiological data to communication architectures for secure data transfer that eventually enable user-centric health analytics in the cloud.
For the research topic, original submissions on theoretical, modelling, experimental and observational studies are welcome. Moreover, papers provided an in-depth review of the state-of-the-art are considered for publication as well. A related, yet not a limited list of topics of interests is the following:
• Wireless communication techniques to realize reliable, secure and real-time health monitoring
• Regulatory frameworks for storing, processing and sharing of the health data
• Data processing platforms for health analytics
• IoT and mobile health enabled clinical trials
• Novel materials to design wearable electronics
• Computational algorithms for quantifying health conditions and risk factors
• Biosensor theory, analysis and design for physiological measurements
• Security and encryption protocols for safe access to health data
• Non-invasive sensing techniques for disease management and diagnosis • Nanotechnology in biosensing design
Keywords: Digital Health, Wearable Sensors, Wireless communication, Computational Intelligence, Health Informatics
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