Thursday, September 18, 2014

What are the benefits of cloud computing in the healthcare sector?

This video, created by the EU-funded SUCRE project, explains the problems hospitals nowadays face concerning their IT infrastructure. Cloud computing can offer solutions.



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Trends in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Conditions

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Trends in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Conditions


Editors


Dimitrios I. Fotiadis

Department of Materials Science and Engineering,

University of Ioannina, University Campus of Ioannina, Greece


Proposals Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014


Full Chapters Due: November 30, 2014


A chronic disease is a long-lasting medical condition which is characterized by a complex causality with multiple risk factors (i.e. biological, behavioural, and environmental) leading to its onset. Chronic diseases feature as common causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and they have a great impact on the use of health services. Their management requires the active and continuous participation of patients, their caregivers, and physicians in order to be well-controlled. Early detection and effective treatment procedures constitute the primary research directions to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases as well as to improve the quality of life of patients.


Objective


This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest research findings in the areas of diagnosis, monitoring, and management of chronic diseases. The latest and emerging medical technologies and their application in this area as well as the intelligent analysis of multi-parametric clinical and self-monitoring data will be covered. The book will help professionals to identify new disease determinants and the way in which new technologies contribute to improvements in health outcomes and life.


Target Audience


The target audience of this book is practitioners and researchers from various disciplines including, but not limited to, Health, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Information and Communication Technologies.


Recommended Topics


• Medical devices and systems for monitoring and control


• Multi-parametric medical data analysis and modelling


• Decision support for self-management of the disease


• Machine learning and data mining for short-term and long-term predictions


• Time-series and regression analysis


• Disease-related event predictions


• Lifestyle tracking and management


• Social networks and gamification for motivation, education, and training


Submission Procedure


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 30, 2014 a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by October 2, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 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.


Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Trends in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Conditions. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


Publisher


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.


Important Dates


Proposal submission deadline: September 30, 2014


Full chapter submission deadline: November 30, 2014


Review results returned to authors: December 30, 2014


Final revised chapter submission deadline: January 30, 2015


Inquiries


Dimitrios I. Fotiadis


Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, GR 451 10, Ioannina, Greece


Email: fotiadis@cc.uoi.gr


Call for Chapters: Applying Business Intelligence to Clinical and Healthcare Organizations

Call for Chapters: Applying Business Intelligence to Clinical and Healthcare Organizations


Editors


José Machado

University of Minho, Portugal


António Abelha

University of Minho, Portugal


Proposals Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014


Full Chapters Due: December 30, 2014


For release in the Advances in Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (ABBE) Book Series.


Series Editor: Ahmad Taher Azar (Benha University, Egypt)


ISSN: 2327-7033


The Advances in Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (ABBE) Book Series publishes research on all areas of bioinformatics and bioengineering including the development and testing of new computational methods, the management and analysis of biological data, and the implementation of novel engineering applications in all areas of medicine and biology. Through showcasing the latest in bioinformatics and biomedical engineering research, ABBE aims to be an essential resource for healthcare and medical professionals.


Biomedical Informatics is an area that is spreading exponentially among several healthcare organizations. This phenomenon is happening due to the need that exists in these organizations to improve the quality of the healthcare delivered. The Biomedical Informatics is fully capable to accomplish this mission. Issues as the Business Intelligence (BI) in healthcare, CDSS and the information management are not only reducing the amount of paper in health organizations, but also reducing the occurrence of clinical and administrative errors. The implementation of BI tools in healthcare organizations help the managers and the healthcare professionals in the decision making process. The analysis of data provides relevant information about the activities and processes that happen inside the organization and this information can be essential to the patient diagnosis.


BI tools are capable of working with healthcare data in an efficient manner, to generate real-time information and knowledge and this is the reason why they are very attractive to the healthcare sector. The principal benefits of BI technology are the saving of time in the access and in the analysis of data, the flexibility and the improvement in decision- making by using information driven from real data. However a BI system must be able to perform two fundamental tasks: integrate huge amounts of data coming from several different heterogeneous sources and provide the analytical tools for these data analysis. Thus there is a need to build BI tools adapted to the medical field and to the specificity of data that exists in these organizations.


This book looks to discuss and address the difficulties and challenges that healthcare organizations have faced in implementing BI technologies and applications. The editors will seek chapters that address new BI systems, mainly to serve as Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS), and also real study cases. Additionally, the book will explore the impact of such technologies in healthcare organizations.


Objective


This publication aims to disseminate the Biomedical Informatics concepts, namely the use of Business Intelligence and its newest applications, to the scientific community. Consequently, it may inspire researchers to develop new solutions to healthcare organizations in order to improve the quality of medical care and the patients' quality of life.


Target Audience


Health Organizations, Hospitals, Health Professionals, Biomedical Engineers, Informatics Engineers, Researchers in the Biomedical Informatics, Artificial Intelligence and Medicine fields.


Recommended Topics


Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics relating to Business Intelligence use, implementation, and adoption in healthcare organizations in order to improve the quality of care delivery:


• Business Intelligence applied to Healthcare Information Systems - CDSS- Clinical Decision Support Systems through BI


• GDSS – Group Decision Support Systems through BI


• Clinical Recommendation Systems


• Clinical Reporting Systems


• Ethical limitations of BI


• Modern trends in BI


• Improve info management and data quality with BI - Improve user engagement with BI


• Case Studies on BI


• Mobile BI


• New Data Modeling Techniques


• Quality Assurance


• Data Mining


• Data Warehousing


• HIE- Health Information Exchange Solutions


• Semantic Interoperability


• Healthcare Information Systems Management - Medical Display Monitors


• Big Data technologies


Submission Procedure


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 30, 2014, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 15, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 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.


Publisher


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.


Important Dates


September 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline


November 15, 2014: Notification of Acceptance


December 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission


February 28, 2015: Review Results Returned


April 30, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


June 15, 2015: Final Deadline


Inquiries


Professor José Machado

University of Minho - Department of Informatics - Computer Science and Technology Center (CCTC)

Campus de Gualtar - 4710-057 Braga, Portugal

Tel.: (+351) 253 604 438

E-mail: jmac@di.uminho.pt


Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Advancing Health Education through Technology

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Advancing Health Education through Technology


Editors


Dr. Victor C. X. Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA)


Proposals Submission Deadline: October 15, 2014


Full Chapters Due: January 15, 2015


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.


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Health education and technology integration started in our primitive society. While modern doctors and nurses use cutting edge technology to treat terminal diseases, shamen in tribes still use a rudimentary technology to treat tribal men and women. Technology contributes to human health and longevity. The more technological advances people have, the longer people live. However, technology is just one factor leading to health and longevity. Health education is the catalyst that plays a more crucial role in maintaining health and longevity. People living in the early 1900s could expect to live an average of approximately 50 years. Now American men live an average of 78 years and American women live an average of 80 years. This lifespan has been changed due to medical breakthroughs firmly supported by health education and technology integration. Health education and technology integration go hand in hand to advance medical breakthroughs.


One in 25 Americans was 65 or over at the turn of the 20th century. In 1994, one in eight Americans was 65 or over. The number of older adults (aged 65 and older) has increased eleven-fold since the turn of the 20th century. As people age, researchers study successful aging by integrating technology; in this way, technology has contributed to longevity in our society. The number of adults over age 85 has quadrupled. The average life span in Japan is longer than that in the United States. Both Japan and the United States are more technologically advanced countries, emphasizing health education at the grassroots level. China has not lagged behind. China developed cutting edge technologies to contain severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, and the World Health Organization declared that China has achieved the Millennium Development Goals target of reversing tuberculosis (TB) incidence by 2015 and has successfully eradicated malaria.


As the 70 million baby-boomers in the United States will retire very soon, we are entering an adult-oriented society, if not an aging society, from a youth-oriented society. Health education and technology integration will become more and more important in maintaining a whole nation’s health and longevity. Health education takes many forms ranging from lifelong education, gerontology, health promoting exercises, nutrition education, lifestyles, literacy education, and clinical depression to medical education, nursing education and physical therapy. The ubiquitous computer alone cannot describe the sophisticated level of technology used to contain and treat diseases.


Such a timely and relevant volume would not be possible without contributions from scholars/researchers and practitioners in the fields of adult education, medical education, nursing education, clinical psychology, biological science, kinesiology, and technology. Researchers and professionals are required to write chapters by using a language that can be understood by scholars as well as the general public who believe that health education and technology integration should be promoted at the grassroots level.


Instead of specifying chapter titles, which will limit the potential research areas, authors are encouraged to propose their own chapter titles and a brief (no more than one page) proposal to the editor based on the theme of the book and the introduction.


Objective


The Handbook of Research on Advancing Health Education through Technology will feature full length chapters (around 12,000 words per chapter) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of concepts related to different issues, tools, methodologies, applications and trends in advancing health education through technology at all levels in this evolving society.


Target Audience


• Adult learning professionals


• Faculty and graduate students in health education and technology


• Doctors and nurses, including dieticians


• Researchers and practitioners in the health care industry


• Policy makers in the health care industry


• Librarians assisting researchers, practitioners, faculty, and students in health education and technology


• Computer programmers in promoting technology in health education


Recommended Topics


Given the broad theme of this volume, contributing authors may determine their own research topics and send their chapter proposals to the editor for consideration for inclusion in the volume. This volume intends to address all pertinent issues and concerns in adult and community education in our evolving society. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


• Adult health education through technology


• Child grief education through technology


• Depression control through technology;


• Relationship between health education and technology


• Managing disease through technology


• Sleep study through technology


• Nursing education through technology


• The role of medical doctors fostering health education through technology


• Adult literacy and technology


• Self-directed learning and technology


• Assessing heath education through technology


• Benefits of health education and technology


• Rural health education and technology


• Anxiety study via technology


• Nursing training through technology;


• Technologies in promoting traditional Chinese medicines


• Successful aging through technology


• Promoting longevity through technology


• New brain research through technology


• Nutrition education through technology


• Community health education through technology


• Promoting health education through technology by relying on physical therapy


• Holistic health education through technology


Submission Procedure


Researchers and practitioners (adult learners and adult educators) are invited to submit on or before October 15, 2014 a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. More than one chapter proposal from well-established researchers and practitioners is welcome. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 5, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 15, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed in a double-blind review process. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Advancing Health Education through Technology. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


Publisher


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.


Important Dates


October 15, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline


November 5, 2014: Notification of Acceptance


January 15, 2015: Full Chapter Submission


February 15, 2015: Review Results Returned


March 15, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


Inquiries


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (by Word document) to: Victor C.X. Wang at vcxwang@gmail.com


Have your say as a City-representative in the drafting of the methodology to assess the environmental impact of ICT at City level

Linked to the Smart Cities initiatives, the European Commission is encouraging the participation of city representatives in an e-mail based distribution list to collect their views on the ongoing draft methodology of ICT in Cities under ITU (International Telecommunication Union). You now have the chance your voice to be heard in something that will largely affect the environmental future of our cities!



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