Mobile Health Solutions for Biomedical Applications

Book edited by Professor Joseph Tan and Professor Phillip Olla

Call for Chapters

Mobile Health (M-Health) is an integral part of the growing biomedical informatics field. M-Health contains three core components integrated into the healthcare environment mobile computing technology, medical sensor, and communications infrastructure. M-Health relates to applications and systems such as telemedicine, telehealth, e-health and biomedical sensing system. The rapid advances in Information Communication Technology (ICT), nanotechnology, bio monitoring, mobile networks, pervasive computing, wearable systems, and drug delivery approaches are transforming the healthcare sector and fueling the M-health phenomenon.

Mobile and wireless concepts in healthcare are typically related to bio-monitoring and home monitoring, however more recently the trend to incorporate mobile technology has become more prevalent across almost the whole of the healthcare performing a variety of data acquisition tasks. Bio monitoring using mobile networks includes physiological monitoring of parameters such as heart rate, electrocardiogram (ECG), electroencephalogram, (EEG) monitoring, blood pressure, blood oximetry, and other physiological signals. Alternative uses include physical activity monitoring of parameters such as movement, gastrointestinal telemetry fall detection, and location tracking. Using mobile technology, patient records can be accessed by health-care professionals from any given location by connection to the institution’s internal network. Physicians now have ubiquitous access to patient history, laboratory results, pharmaceutical data, insurance information, and medical resources. These mobile healthcare applications improve the quality of patient care. Handheld devices can also be used in home health care, for example, to fight diabetes through effective monitoring. A comprehensive overview of some of these mobile health applications and research will be presented in this book. This book will also highlight some of the benefits of the mobile technology to illustrate different examples and applications implemented in the global healthcare sector.

The mission of this book is to provide a detailed analysis of the technology, applications and uses of mobile technologies in the healthcare sector by using case studies to highlight the successes and concerns of mobile health projects. M-Health is a broad area transcending multiple disciplines and utilizing a broad range of technologies. There are a variety of applications, devices, and communication technologies emerging in the M-Health arena, which can be combined to create the M-Health system, this book will highlight the key areas of concern and describe the various types of applications.

There are considerable challenges that must be addressed by organization selecting and implementing mobile health solutions for healthcare organizations. These include limitations of the of wireless and mobile networks, security and reliability of wireless / mobile infrastructure, limitations of hand-held devices, limitation of medical sensors, device interference with other medical equipment, privacy concerns, and managerial system implementation issues.

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

Section One : Introduction to Mobile Health applications and services

1. Classification of applications and services

2. Clinical M-Health applications

3. Non Clinical M-Health Applications

4. Benefits of mobile / wireless technologies to healthcare

5. Mobile devices in health services delivery

6. Wireless security problems & solutions, and mobile privacy in the healthcare domain

Section 2: The Future of Mobile health

1. Wireless Medical sensors , Implants, sensors, RFID chips Biomedical sensors,

2. New wireless multimedia technologies and platforms for healthcare

3. Wearable computing devices in healthcare

4. Incorporating hand held technology into healthcare

5. Training of healthcare professional for mobile healthcare

Section 3: Wireless M-health Applications and technologies

1. Middleware, mobile components, and agent technologies supporting mobile healthcare applications

2. Integrating mobile technology to legacy healthcare systems

3. Human computer interface design for health care applications.

4. Location and context-aware health care services

5. Pervasive computing technologies in healthcare

6. Security and privacy in pervasive healthcare

7. Using mobile devices for healthcare information storage, update, and transmission

8. Sensing of vital signs and transmission using wireless networks

Section 4: Alleviating global health concerns using wireless ICT

1. Community tele-health applications

2. Collaboration healthcare technologies

3. Tele-medicine, Tele Nursing, tele radiology

4. Patient monitoring in diverse environments


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 19, 2007, a 1- 3 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 8, 2007 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 15, 2008. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), , publisher of the IGI Publishing (Idea Group Publishing), Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing. Information Science Reference (Idea Group Reference), and Medical Information Science Reference imprints.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Dr. Phillip Olla,

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