Friday, May 23, 2014

Telemedicine, home monitoring and personal health systems: What's the status?

At the ETSI eHealth workshop in Nice (6 May), an analysis was made of the situation of telemedicine, home monitoring and personal health systems in Europe and the US.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Revolutionizing Healthcare Through Mobile Applications

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Revolutionizing Healthcare Through Mobile Applications


Luis Serrano

Associate Professor

Dept. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universidad Pública de Navarra

Francisco Falcone

Associate Professor

Dept. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universidad Pública de Navarra

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014

Full Chapters Due: August 30, 2014

For release in the Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series.

Series Editors: Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare and P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Greece) and Anastasia N. Kastania (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)

ISSN: 2328-1243

The Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series aims to provide a channel for international researchers to progress the field of study on technology and its implications on healthcare and health information systems. With the growing focus on healthcare and the importance of enhancing this industry to tend to the expanding population, the book series seeks to accelerate the awareness of technological advancements of health information systems and expand awareness and implementation.

One of the main challenges that government bodies and civil society must face is to achieve a sustainable healthcare system, maintaining high levels of quality of life of its users. Within this context, there is a paradigm shift from classical in person medical services towards remote assistance. This provides two main benefits:

a) Reduction of costs in service provision

b) Increase in quality of living of patients and users, by enabling normal living routines within their households

The proposed title deals with the definition, state of the art and future roadmap in m-Health services, as one of the primary elements in order to provide a cost efficient and user effective e-Health environment. The title explores a top-bottom approach, dealing with all of the relevant aspects (from physical layer to application layer), providing a holistic approach.


The proposed title deals with the value and potential role of mobile systems and services in the e-Health framework. It will provide a complete view of m-Health solutions, in order to adequately address all of the issues, from physical layer limitations, to mobile platform interoperability requirements or system level constraints, among others. The proposed title aims to be a valuable reference in terms of analysis and design of e-Health environments in which mobile devices and networks are key enablers.

Target Audience

The proposed title is intended to be a technology roadmap as well as a practical guide for technical managers as well as design engineers within the e-Health and m-Health framework. Due to the topic, it can also be suited for MSc students as well as PhD students in engineering and medical fields.

Recommended Topics

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Introduction and Overview

mHealth platforms and services


Challenges in transceiver design in m-Health

Wireless channel impact in heterogeneous environments

e-Health and m-Health system design

Case studies

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2014, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Submissions should be made through the link at the bottom of this page. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 1, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates

May 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline

July 1, 2014: Notification of Acceptance

August 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission

October 30, 2014: Review Results Returned

January 15, 2014: Final Chapter Submission

February 15, 2015: Final Deadline

Inquiries or

Meet Mr. Robin, grandma's robot buddy

Two EU-funded projects, GiraffPlus and Accompany, have been featured in "Vital Signs", CNN's monthly program on health topics.


The effects of a computer-based cognitive and physical training program in a healthy and mildly cognitive impaired aging sample.

The EU-funded Long Lasting Memories (LLM) project has published an article in "Aging & Mental Health". The LLM program concerns a newly integrated platform which combines cognitive exercises with physical activity within the context of advanced technologies. The main objective of this study was to present the preliminary results that determine the possible effectiveness of the LLM program in the improvement of cognitive functions and symptoms of depression in healthy elderly and subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).


ICT for ageing well: Listen to what older persons think!

This publication presents the outcomes of a small qualitative study that took place in the frame of the European Union-funded Home Sweet Home project. It aims at shedding the light to barriers and enablers for the acceptance of new technologies that are introduced to help older persons live autonomously and manage better their health.


Cloud Computing Uptake in the Public Sector

The goal of the workshop "Cloud Computing Uptake in the Public Sector" was to bring together organisations that have expressed clear interest in cloud computing and that could benefit from interaction. Furthermore the workshop provided input to identifying possible future actions in this area.


eHealth Forum Athens: a personal eHealth navigator for all Europeans?

"Give health an e-Chance": under this slogan the eHealth Forum 2014 took place in Athens on May 12-14. Amongst the nearly 1300 visitors were Greek Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis and two European Commissioners: Mr Tonio Borg (Health & Consumers) and Mrs Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) who suggested we could all use a "personal eHealth navigator".


Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Another of the EU funded projects through the FP7 programme is creating a spin-off. From Research to Market.


Migration of ePractice to Joinup

ePractice brings together policy makers and practitioners in the fields of eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion, through a number of communities. Joinup, on the other hand, has communities of developers and a catalogue of interoperability solutions. Both ePractice and Joinup users will benefit from the consolidation of the applications into a single platform, which aims at providing a direct link between the solutions and the practitioners. ePractice will be migrated to the Joinup platform by the end of June 2014.


eHealth Forum Athens: a personal eHealth navigator for all Europeans?

From May 12 - 14 the eHealth Forum 2014 took place in Athens, under the slogan 'Give health an e-Chance'. Amongst the more than 1200 visitors were the Greek Health Minister, Adonis Georgiadis, and the European Commissioners Mrs Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Mr Tonio Borg (health).


European Investor Gate EIG competition

Present your business idea or your company to business angels and private investors from different European countries


Technology supports diabetic patients and their doctors

Diabetes affects around 10% of the population; according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The disease places a huge financial burden on healthcare systems, and also leads to early death and poor quality of life. However, patients and healthcare professionals will now be able to partner up and manage the illness in better, more effective ways.


ENGAGE platform

Simply said, ENGAGE is a door for researchers that leads them to the world of Open Government Data. By using the ENGAGE platform, researchers and citizens will be able to submit, acquire, search and visualize diverse, distributed and derived Public sector datasets from all the countries of the European Union.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Cloudbusters - Futuris Euronews

Measuring temperature, humidity and wind in a 200 metre tower is used to crack one of the trickiest problems in climate science - clouds. Data gathered here feeds into a European Union research project called EUCLIPSE.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Collaborative Ecosystem for M-Payments Workshop