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Call for Chapters: Mobile Cloud Computing Systems and Applications in Healthcare
05/30/2014
Proposed Volume in the the Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series

Call for Chapters: Mobile Cloud Computing Systems and Applications in Healthcare

Editors

Chintan Bhatt, Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT), India

S.K.Peddoju, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014

Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2014

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

Series Editor: Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare and P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, 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.

Better care and better outcomes are goals shared by hospitals, clinics and health organizations around the world. Many of the healthcare players have not adopted technology completely in their environments yet and their primary focus has been on automation of back office systems, payment and reimbursement, digitization of medical records, and business intelligence for regulatory compliance and accreditation. In many emerging/developing countries like India, IT budgets are very low. Investments in IT compete with other priorities like radiological equipment or operational expansion. With cloud computing, these goals have become much more attainable. Take advantage of a world of many clouds to improve the quality of patient care and simplify clinical workflows. Cloud computing is a new computing model that lets organizations pay for only the resources they need, when they are needed. With cloud computing, shared resources are allocated dynamically to create a highly flexible environment. This enables organizations to treat infrastructure as a service (IaaS), rather than an expensive capital expenditure. Mobile technology has expanded dramatically around the world. Along with 3G and 4G, these advances have had a huge impact on many walks of life. The utilization of smart phones and tablets has transformed communications, commerce, and entertainment, among other fields. Their emergence has improved service delivery, empowered consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs and changed the way in which people access information and make transactions. Now this technology is composed to alter how health care is delivered, the quality of the patient experience and the cost of health care. Mobile technology is helping with chronic disease management, extending service to underserved areas and improving health outcomes and medical system efficiency.

This book aims to discuss and address the difficulties and challenges that developing countries have faced in implementing mobile cloud computing based healthcare systems and applications. The editors will seek chapters that address different aspects of mobile cloud computing in healthcare i.e. trust, privacy, security issues, big data challenge, decision support systems and related topics. Additionally, the book will explore the impact of such technologies on public, private, community, and hybrid cloud scenarios in healthcare using mobile devices.

Objective

This comprehensive and timely publication aims to be an essential reference source, building on the available literature in the field of mobile cloud computing in developing countries while providing for further research opportunities in this dynamic field. It is hoped that this text will provide the resources necessary for policy makers, technology developers and managers to adopt and implement healthcare systems based on cloud computing platform using mobile devices in developing nations across the globe.

Target Audience

Policy makers, academicians, researchers, advanced-level students, technology developers, and government officials will find this text useful in furthering their research exposure to pertinent topics on healthcare systems based on mobile cloud computing and assisting in furthering their own research efforts in this field.

Recommended Topics

• Converging Trends in Healthcare

• Internet of Things mobile and cloud ecosystems in healthcare

• Mobile cloud computing data and storage architecture for healthcare services

• Mobile Cloud Data and Information Services in healthcare

• Cloud based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in healthcare

• Wireless body area networks combined with mobile cloud computing in healthcare

• Public, private, community, and hybrid cloud scenarios in healthcare using mobile devices

• Offloading and Networking in healthcare using mobile cloud

• Pervasive e-health and assisted living services enabled by cloud computing in mobile devices

• Deep knowledge discovery from health using mobile cloud data

• Big data in the mobile cloud-challenges for healthcare

• Decision support systems for healthcare in cloud environments

• Mobile Cloud governance in health environments

• Personal health record and payer-based health records solutions enabled by the mobile cloud

• Smart sensor systems and miniaturized devices in e-health applications

• Increased complexity of e-discovery if processes and/or data storage are handled using mobile cloud computing

• Standards and Recommendations using mobile cloud in healthcare

• Trust, privacy, and security issues and Multimedia Services using mobile cloud in healthcare

• The Future Growth of Mobile Cloud Computing in Healthcare

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. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 30, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 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.), 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 www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates

May 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline

June 30, 2014: Notification of Acceptance

September 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission

November 30, 2014: Review Results Returned

February 15, 2015: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries

Chintan Bhatt
U & P U Patel Department of Computer Engineering
Charotar University of Science And Technology (CHARUSAT), Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
E-mail: bhattchintan70@gmail.com

S. K. Peddoju
Dept. of CSE, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, UK, India - 247667
E-mail: prof.sateesh@gmail.com

Computer Scientist, Health Services Researcher, Informatician, Information Scientist, Nurse Researcher, Physician Researcher, Technologist
Call for Chapters: Encyclopedia of E-Health and Telemedicine
05/18/2014
Proposed Book

Call for Chapters: Encyclopedia of E-Health and Telemedicine

Editors

Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha
Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave
Portugal

Isabel Miranda
Municipality of Guimarães
Portugal

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 18, 2014

Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2014

Health and social care, e-Health, Telemedicine, are at the center of the research policies, on the research agenda of the world governments and are facing major developments.

This publication intends to put together, in a comprehensive way, the problems of ageing, health, health care, social care, mobility, ageing well, quality of life of people with special needs, user needs analysis, and the recent approaches provided by ICT, such as e-Health and Telemedicine, new technologies, new applications, emerging trends, the ethical and legal implications (eg. clinical records) and case studies. It is an ambitious project of addressing the social, technological, organizational, ethical and legal aspects of the topic.

Objective

The mission of the Encyclopedia of e-Health and Telemedicine is to discuss the main issues, challenges, opportunities, and trends related to this new field of knowledge able to transform the way we live and deliver services, from the social, technological and organizational dimensions, in a very comprehensive way, and to disseminate current developments and practical solutions and applications.

The overall objectives are:

To discuss the importance of e-Health, Telemedicine, ICT-based healthcare and social care delivery, and the emerging technological developments and practical solutions.

To introduce the state-of-the-art supporting technology.

To introduce and discuss the challenges associated with e-Health developments, from the social, organizational and technological perspectives.

To introduce recent technological developments and associated human, ethical and legal implications.

Target Audience

The encyclopedia intends to be a tool for researchers, academics, professionals of medicine, healthcare and social care, professionals of IT, providing some of the most advanced research, concepts, applications, developments, discussions and case studies on digital crime and digital threats from one side, and security, privacy, information assurance, law and regulation, and human aspects, on the other.

Recommended Topics

The Encyclopedia intends to collect the most recent contributions on the social and technological dimensions of the largely multidisciplinary field of e-Health and Telemedicine. It is intended to cover the following aspects:

The technological dimension that enables and supports teleservices, telemedicine, teleoperation and telemonitoring. The technological dimension includes:

Information systems and technologies

Communication technologies

Monitoring technologies

Information and systems integration

Electronic medical records

Electronic devices

The social and human dimensions, which explores motivations, benefits and emergent effects of e-Health project implementations, and which include, for example:

Increased quality of life

Increased life expectancy

Trust and privacy issues

Ethical aspects

Legal aspects

Training

Organizational aspects and management of e-health services

Business and entrepreneurial perspective focusing on the added value of specific applications

Impact, implications and challenges (social and technological) of e-Health

On individuals, families and communities

On organizations and business

On scientific knowledge and on research

Ongoing developments, applications and case studies

Emerging solutions

Relevant R&D projects

Integration between applications and solutions

Current development trends

Integration with other disciplines:

Sociology

Psychology

Gerontology

Distributed technologies and systems

Knowledge management

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a chapter proposal (an extended abstract of around 300 to 500 words) clearly explaining the mission and concerns of a proposed chapter by May 18, 2014. Submissions should be made through the link at the bottom of this page. Please include all information about the author and co-authors, affiliations and email addresses when submitting your chapter proposals. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 25, 2014 about the status of their proposals. Full articles (at around 3,000 to 5,000 words) are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2014. All submitted articles 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.), 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 www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 18, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: May 25, 2014

Full chapter submission: September 30, 2014

Notification of acceptance: December 30, 2014

Revised version of accepted chapters: January 15, 2015

Submission of Final Chapters: April 30, 2015

Inquiries

Isabel Maria Miranda, isabel.m.f.miranda@gmail.com

Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha, mcruzcunha@gmail.com

Behavioral Scientist, Computer Scientist, Informatician, Information Scientist, Nurse Researcher, Physician Researcher, Psychologist, Social Scientist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Communication Design Quarterly: Health and Medical Discourses
05/01/2014
Communication Design Quarterly

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Communication Design Quarterly: Health and Medical Discourses

In today’s often bewildering world of scientific, technological, cultural, and political change, medicine faces human problems and possibilities that transcend traditional academic disciplines. As such, communication about health and medicine is ever more important in shaping our understandings of our cultures, our politics, and ourselves. In an effort to map the changing climate of health care and medical communication, Communication Design Quarterly invites proposals for a Fall 2015 special issue on health and medicine.

Recent discussions at the intersections of English Studies, communication studies, and technical and professional communication have emphasized the importance of key issues including dissemination, ethics, connections, theory, and methods. Further, scholars have noted the importance of considering how conversations about health care are always already inflected by popular understandings of genetics, disease, and embodiment (Condit; Keranen; Koerber; Scott). This special issue seeks to expand these conversations by contributing to a growing body of collaborative and interdisciplinary work in health, medicine, and society. Submissions may focus on exploring and critiquing communication design concepts and practices that shape our understandings of health and medicine; pathology, disease, and illness; ability, choice, and access; and/or wellness and fitness. We additionally welcome interrogation of tensions between public health and privatized health care, neuroscience and enculturated practice, and reproductive health care and privilege in popular communication as well as investigation of  gendered and racialized patterns of care and their uptake in news media. We are especially interested in submissions that include discussion of interdisciplinary approaches, environmental rhetorics, visual communication, and experiential/embodied knowledges. Further, we are excited to consider proposals for pieces that subvert and transgress the conventions of traditional scholarly articles. Collaborative essays, multimodal works, photo essays, posters, and other alternative media are strongly encouraged.

Potential questions that submissions might address include:

What do evolving definitions of medical rhetoric/health communication make possible and/or limit?

What are the primary distinctions, contradictions, and connections between humanities-based orientations and social sciences-based orientations to health and medical communication?

What are best practices in the design of health and medical communication?

How do health and medical researchers disseminate their work and what implications do common rhetorical choices in those communications have?

What productive points of confluence in theory and methods work can help to produce more efficient health and medical communication? And for whom must health and medical communication be efficient?

What practices can technical communicators engage in to promote social justice in the contexts of health and medical communication?

How can various approaches to the design of health and medical communication affect public perceptions of risk and ethical accountability?

What research challenges do health and medical communications researchers face?

What roles do the Internet and social media play in health communication?

In what ways have recent political interventions altered the ways we communicate about health and medicine, and what might this mean for future health/medical communicators and practitioners?

Please send article proposals of up to 500 words and a short c.v. to Lisa Meloncon (Meloncon@tek-ritr.com) and Erin Frost (FrostE@ecu.edu). 

Schedule is as follows:

Proposals due:  May 1, 2014

Notifications for full drafts: May 15, 2014

Full drafts due: December 1, 2014

Final revisions due: April 1, 2015

Academic, Health Educator, Health Services Researcher, Neuroscientist, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics
06/30/2014
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics

The journal for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks.

Within the scope of the 7th Framework Programme, the European Commission has funded two projects (TELL ME and Ecom@EU) which are currently investigating the factors that impact on and influence communication strategies and their relative effectiveness during a pandemic. This special issue aims to bring together the most relevant research from these projects, as well as invite other contributors who have an interest in this area.

We welcome paper submissions from a variety of disciplines for this special issue. Submissions for research, editorials, commentaries that fit the theme of this special issue will also be considered.

Thematic areas

Contributions are welcomed in the following thematic areas (but not limited to):

• Crisis preparedness framework

• Tools for outbreak communication

• Models for outbreak communication

• Information management and access

• Public involvement in communications

• Governance and policy issues

• Ethical and legal issues

• Socio-cultural contexts

• Vaccination campaigns

• Social marketing

• Business continuity

• Mass media / Social media

• Training and education

• Risk and uncertainty

Important dates

Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2014

Print Publication: October, 2014

Submission guidelines

Full instructions on how to prepare a submission can be viewed at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dmp.

Guest Editors
Prof. Pier Luigi Lopalco, MD
Head of Scientific Assessment Section
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
Immunization Action Coalition

Health Services Researcher, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology: Collaboration Technologies and Systems for Disaster Management
07/16/2014
International Journal of Information and Communication Technology

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology: Collaboration Technologies and Systems for Disaster Management

Guest Editors:

Nadia Nouali-Taboudjemat, Nadjib Badache and Omar Nouali, CERIST, Algeria

Aris M. Ouksel, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University, UAE

Although disasters differ depending on the nature and context in which they occur, their management faces almost the same and repetitive set of challenges. These challenges are mainly related to inter-organisational relationships and the commitments of multiple stakeholders collaborating under severe time and resource constraints.

For this special Issue we are particularly interested in original work on the current state of research and development in collaboration technologies and systems for disaster management. This includes the whole cycle of detection, prevention, readiness, response, and recovery from disasters.

Typically, responding to a disaster or crisis requires multiple distributed agencies, task groups and individuals to be involved in making collaborative decisions and taking coordinated actions. Thus, contributions that improve information technology support for collaboration in disaster management and emergency responses are solicited.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM'2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage

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

Collaborative information system architectures, frameworks and technologies

Human-computer intelligent interaction

Pervasive middleware/systems for emergency management

Emergency communication systems

Wireless networks and sensors networks for emergency management

Wireless protocols for emergency management

QoS in critical communications

Interactive communication media/content

Distributed/cooperative media

Collaborative decision making under stress, time pressure and limited resources

Internet/web-based systems/products

Service-oriented architectures for collaboration

Cloud computing for disaster management

Ontology-based approaches for collaboration

Contextual and situation-based collaboration

Security and privacy concerns in information sharing

Social media and networks for participation and collaboration

Modelling and simulation of collaboration

Information infrastructure and electronic governance

Public transportation and traffic management

Geospatial information technology and geo-collaboration

Web mapping and geographic information systems (GIS)

Visualisation and visual analytics

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.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 16 July, 2014

Notification to authors: 16 September, 2014

Final versions due: 16 November, 2014

Academic, Computer Scientist, Information Scientist, Public Health Expert, Public Servant, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing: Localisation and Positioning for Healthcare Applications
07/01/2014
International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing: Localisation and Positioning for Healthcare Applications

Guest Editors:

Dr. Houbing Song, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia Center of Excellence for Cyber-Physical Systems, USA

Dr. Sana Ullah, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hsiao-Hwa Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Dr. Dalei Wu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Accurate localisation and positioning are becoming increasingly important for a wide range of applications including healthcare applications. Conventional localisation techniques are not suitable for healthcare due to the mobility and dynamics of patients. In addition, these techniques do not provide immediate, secure and accurate positioning information of patients in life-critical situations.

There is an urgent need to develop novel localisation and positioning techniques for healthcare applications, which must be able to accurately locate patients during abnormal circumstances. For example, these novel techniques may be able to interact with body area networks in order to locate patients who are expecting a heart attack.

Also, recent advances in cloud computing, including cloud storage, cloud database, and cloud collaboration, offer tremendous opportunities for patient localisation. By leveraging the opportunities and advantages offered by cloud computing, cloud-assisted localisation has the potential to revolutionise localisation and promises a new era of localisation in healthcare applications.

This special issue invites present research and review articles in order to promote research activities on localisation and positioning for healthcare applications. Original analytical, experimental and systems-related papers on the theme will be considered.

Subject Coverage

Topics include but are not limited to:

Cloud-assisted data processing, mining and fusion for patient localisation

Mobile cloud computing for patient localisation

Social network-based localisation of patients

Network architectures and protocols for patient localisation

Intelligent medical devices and sensors for localisation

Hardware and software of localisation for healthcare (RFID, IMU, smartphones, etc.)

Simulations and test-bed implementations

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 information on preparing and submitting articles.

Important Dates

Paper submission due: 1 July, 2014

Decision notification: 1 November, 2014

Revised paper submission: 1 December, 2014

Final paper submission: 25 January, 2015

Computer Scientist, Informatician, Information Scientist, Technologist