Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Smart Devices and Collective Intelligence for the Telemedicine and Healthcare System

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Smart Devices and Collective Intelligence for the Telemedicine and Healthcare System

Guest Editors:

Dr. S. K. Sabut and Prof. Srikanta Patnaik, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University, India

Integration of technology and medical sciences is playing a major role in the global momentum of the healthcare industry. Smart and collective intelligence medical devices are emerging as a critical component for hospitals as well as telemedicine platforms. Today, more flexible implementations of intelligent devices are being designed that allow access to geographically distributed knowledge and the software capable of processing this information, which is likely to be the patient-confidential.

Intelligent biomedical electronics and devices brings together researchers in studying and using models, equipment and materials inspired by biological systems to monitor devices, instrumentation sensors and systems, micro-nanotechnologies and biomaterials. There are devices which measures physiological information about the patient, and environmental information such as humidity, temperature and carbon monoxide level. This physiological and environmental data is now collated to assess the patient’s state of health and to identify external factors. The ability to automatically capture and manage patient data from intelligent devices is now becoming the part of the function of improving both patient safety and clinical outcomes. The healthcare industry is experiencing an unprecedented level of technology interoperability, integrating multiple sources of real-time and life-critical data.

This special issue will cover various research areas of smart devices and collective intelligence relating to telemedicine and clinical practices.

Subject Coverage

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

• Healthcare devices and technologies

• Intelligent sensors for physiological information

• Embedded healthcare system

• Wearable medical devices

• Medical imaging and image processing

• Medical signal analysis and processing

• Bioinstrumentation, biosensors and bio-micro/nano technologies

• Biomechanics and bio-robotics

• Neural and rehabilitation engineering

• Diagnostics and therapeutics devices

• Smart fitness devices

• Computer-aided diagnosis

• Data analytics for clinical care

• Biomarker discovery and biomedical data mining

• Intelligent medical data management

• Predictive modelling for personalised treatment

• Data integration for healthcare

• Medical recommender systems

• Optimisation models for planning and recommending therapies

• Text mining for biomedical literature and clinical notes

• Intelligent systems for electronic health records

• Computational intelligence methodologies for healthcare

• Effective information retrieval for healthcare applications

• Fibre optic and laser technology in medical applications

• User interface keypads and switches

• Semantic web, linked data, ontology and healthcare

• Continuous monitoring and streaming technologies for healthcare

• Collaboration technologies for healthcare

• E-communities, social networks and social media for patients and caregivers

• Intelligent user-interfaces for medical devices and software

• Bioinformatics and computational biology

• Biomedical modelling and computing

• Visual analytics for healthcare

• Wireless communications and device data control and fusion

• Tissue engineering and biomaterials

• Clinical engineering

• Healthcare information systems and telemedicine

• Emerging topics in biomedical engineering

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 31 May, 2015

Notification to authors: 31 July, 2015

Final versions due: 31 August, 2015

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Call for Presentations: Public Relations Society of America 2015 Health Academy Conference

Call for Presentations: Public Relations Society of America 2015 Health Academy Conference

Leadership. Excellence. Enrichment.

May 13–15, 2015 Cleveland, Ohio

Proposal Deadline: Noon EDT on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Be a part of the PRSA 2015 Health Academy Conference, a widely-attended event recognized for outstanding networking opportunities and targeted programming that addresses issues facing public relations professionals involved in the health care industry.

Conference attendees represent pharmaceutical, hospital/provider, payor/insurer, government and association/nonprofit sectors of public relations. Presentations should be targeted to one or more of these groups. You can share your expertise and experience on topics such as integration of public policy and communications programs, managing the new marketing mix, or communicating with/to different audiences, such as patients, health community members, media, clinicians or other stakeholders.

Topics of Interest for Presentations Include:

Best practices in media relations, social media and crisis communications.

Ethical challenges.

Effective measurement strategies.

Impact of virtual agencies.

New roles for public relations pros.

Integrated care - how can technology help?

The event will cover all the principal care disciplines which so often end up failing to work together to deliver holistic care: primary care, secondary care, mental health, social care and third sector engagement. Even within each of these areas, coordinating care can be challenging when people have to rely on paper and word of mouth to communicate.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in Later Life. A report of the AKTIVE Conference

AKTIVE (Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in later lifE) was a research project funded by the UK's Technology Strategy Board and Economic and Social Research Council. The project has explored the way telecare can be developed to help older people live a full and independent life. In particular, it has investigated how telecare can help individuals who are prone to falls or have memory problems. It has also examined how telecare can benefit those caring for older individuals, both paid and unpaid carers. This report provides a summary of the AKTIVE Conference on Technology, care and ageing: Enhancing independence', taking place at the University of Leeds on 8-9 April 2014.