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Special Section on

Mobile and Wireless Technologies for Healthcare Delivery

Recent global focus on healthcare issues has stimulated research and development of innovative technologies which address many unsustainabilities of the current healthcare provision models. Rapid advances in mobile, wireless and sensing technologies have opened new opportunities in healthcare. Exploitation of Information and Communications Technologies enables cost-effective and efficient healthcare delivery in home, hospital, assisted-living, and nursing home settings. Remote diagnosis, patient and elderly monitoring, computer assisted rehabilitation and therapy, control of vital parameters of people suffering from chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and heart attacks, sensing of individual's health-related activities and vital signals, and smart management of medical records with the help of on/in body biosensors, radio frequency medical devices and intra-body communication systems are just some examples. However, these modern healthcare systems set some additional critical requirements and challenges compared to traditional wireless networks. Several open issues and technical challenges have been identified as key factors for revitalizing healthcare delivery and assisting the shift towards preventive, personalized and citizen-centered care. These include: timely access to diagnostic information in many acute care settings, energy-efficient biosensor design, biocompatibility and "chronic implantability", system integration, sensor miniaturization, patient safety, emergency response and detection.

IEEE TBME Special Section on "Mobile and wireless technologies for healthcare delivery" will publish full manuscripts (7 printed pages) in highly innovative research activities which reveal the rapidly changing face and context of patient monitoring and healthcare delivery services facilited by wireless communucations and sensing technologies. Breakthrough research in wireless and mobile technologies with high impact in biomedical applications and healthcare is solicited.

The following are example topics of interest to this special issue:

  • Specialty and site specific applications
  • General well-being and chronic disease management
  • Patient monitoring in diverse environments (hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living)
  • Remote diagnosis and patient management
  • Sensing of vital signs and signatures
  • Sensor technology, reliability, long-term stability and biocompatibility
  • Intra-body propagation and communication
  • Multi-sensory data fusion
  • Decision support algorithms for sensor analysis
  • Real-time transmission of multiple medical data
  • Wireless access in ubiquitous systems
  • Wearable computing and communication
  • Body sensor networks
  • Wireless and wearable devices for pervasive healthcare
  • Medical device control via wireless technology
  • Safe, effective, secure and reliable use of wireless technology in healthcare

Guest Editors

, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National Technical University of Athens

, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

, Ph.D.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Ioannina

, Ph.D.
Dpto. Tecnologia Fotonica
Ciudad Universitaria


Manuscript Submission Deadline
15 February 2012
Notification of Acceptance
1 April 2012
Final Manuscript due
1 May 2012
Publication Date
August/September 2012

Any enquiries should be directed to Guest Editors listed above, , IEEE TBME Senior Editor, or , IEEE TBME Editor-In-Chief.

Important Dates

Paper submission (Extended!)
5 June 2011

Special Session and Workshop Paper submission
30 June 2011

PhD Forum Abstract submission
5 September 2011

Travel Grant application deadline (Extended!)
15 July 2011

Acceptance notification
30 July 2011

Authors Registration (Extended!)
30 August 2011

Early Registration
5 September 2011

Camera-ready paper (Extended!)
30 August 2011

IEEE TBME Special Section
Extended versions of high-quality conference papers will be invited for publication in a

Special Section of the
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

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