About this Research Topic
In a complex and changing environment, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the development and testing of new models and theories which depend on technological innovation are crucial to healthcare researchers and scholars. It is reasonable to assume that in the future, technical applications that promote research into health behavior will involve interactive applications focused on health, such as social media initiatives, smartphones, and wearable devices.
Technology provides exciting opportunities, which not only will we all benefit from, it also enables access to treatment that greatly enhances the standard of care and quality of life for many individuals — elderlies, individuals with long term needs, people with physical, and mental, health issues, children, families, and carers. It provides individual, results-oriented interventions that help personal choice and influence, provides knowledge and choices to health providers, and increases interactions with clinicians and other healthcare professionals.
Adopting new strategies is a long-standing problem, whose underlying causes may lead to increased reticence and resistance to change. Changes in our current service models are needed to guarantee healthy, reliable, and sustainable health and care services worldwide. Digital platforms and services may enable these transformations therefore, its barriers need to be understood.
In this Research Topic, we will explore the potential applications of new digital technologies, (for example IoT, Big data analysis, AI, Robotics, Blockchain, Additive manufacturing), innovations that improve traditional strategies in the field of Uro-Oncology and Endourology, with relation to urological health practices that tackle health risks.
This Research Topic will cover but is not limited to, practical contributions ranging from the fields of:
• Innovation management;
• Information technology;
• Organization Science;
• Economics and management, and;
• Medical and social sciences.
We invite researchers and health scientists to contribute towards filling the gaps in the research, both previous and in the future, by sharing new methodological, theoretical, models, and new modes of research, whether through technological developments, the introduction of a new technological concept and/or its implementation. We invite articles in the domain of original research, literature reviews (narrative and/or systematic), conceptual works.
We hope for findings that will revolutionize urology diagnosis and care, or that have expanded on breakthroughs in research institutions or medical schools.
This Research calls for papers that explore every aspect of technology that can be taken into consideration, from the development and scaling of electronic services to innovation. This includes new service models, as well as the field of health technology evaluation, and the opportunities that "next-generation" technologies can create. We anticipate that this Research Topic will not only appeal to academics but will also help us to develop a range of innovative ideas.
Aims and Scope of Research Topic:
• Technology-enabled care;
• Artificial intelligence;
• Social media use in urology;
• Urology Innovations
• Covid-19 related innovations in urology;
• Digital tools and services in urology;
• Digital health;
• Minimally Invasive Procedures;
• Pediatric urology;
• Urologic laparoscopy and robotics
• Urologic oncology;
• Urologic reconstruction;
• Urologic transplant, and;
• Urologic trauma.
Keywords: Technology- enabled care, Social Media, Innovations, Uro-Oncology, Endourology, Digital tools and services in Urology, Digital health, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Robotics, Outcome Studies, New Advances in Diagnostics, Cryosurgery, Laparoscopic Prostatectomy, Brachytherapy, Laparoscopic Nephrectomy, Cryosurgical Ablation, Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Innovations, Advanced Training
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