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Double Issue on Sociotechnology and Pervasive Health
International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD)

Guest Editors:
Barbara Rita Barricelli (Human Factors and Technology Laboratory, 
Department of Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy) 
and Priya Davda (The Bayswater Institute, United Kingdom)

Technologies for telehealth, telecare and telemedicine have existed for 
over forty years and have often been presented as heralding a new era of 
healthcare, one in which patients would not need to travel to see 
specialists, people could be kept safe in their own homes and there 
would be less need for expensive in-hospital treatment. Such societal 
changes would especially regard the improvement the quality of life of 
people affected by chronic diseases that could benefit by the 
introduction of mobile technology as pervasive tools for continuous 
monitoring of health status at a distance by health practitioners and 
Direct involvement of patients and health professionals (medical 
doctors, nurses, and health care assistants) in the co-design process of 
pervasive health technologies poses sociotechnical design challenges 
because of the integration of the contribution of different expertise – 
different stakeholders with diverse roles in the same domain of 
application and also diverse degrees of IT literacy.
This double issue of the International Journal of Sociotechnology and 
Knowledge Development welcomes papers which present research works aimed 
at understanding the processes, forces and challenges of the 
implementation of pervasive healthcare projects with a sociotechnical 

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Mobile health: technologies, methodologies, case studies
- Internet of Things applied to medical/health/wellness domains
- Telecare, telemedicine, telehealth
- Pervasive health for elderly, children or teenagers
- Self-care, home-care, residential care homes
- Co-design and implementation of scenarios with the involvement of 
patients and healthcare professionals

Deadline and guidelines:
Prospective authors should note that only original and previously 
unpublished articles will be considered. Manuscripts for this double 
issue must be submit before March 16th through the online submission 
The Journal's guidelines for manuscript submissions are available at:
All papers will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial 
Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final 
decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the 
reviews received from the reviewers.

Contacts and links:
For questions, please contact the guest editors: Barbara Rita Barricelli 
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IJSKD Web site: 

Barbara Rita Barricelli, PhD
Research fellow
Human Factors and Technology Laboratory (PHT Lab)
Department of Computer Science
Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

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