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Special Issue on Pervasive Healthcare

ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) Journal


Call for Papers

Submission deadline October 1, 2006



Pervasive healthcare is emerging both as a solution to many existing
healthcare problems such as significant number of medical errors,
considerable stress on healthcare providers, and partial coverage of
healthcare services in rural and underserved areas worldwide, and as an
opportunity to provide better healthcare services to an increasing number of
people using limited financial and human resources. Pervasive healthcare can
be defined as healthcare to anyone, anytime, and anywhere by removing
locational, time and other restraints while increasing both the coverage and
quality of healthcare. The broad definition includes prevention, healthcare
maintenance and checkups, short-term monitoring (or home healthcare
monitoring), long-term monitoring (nursing home), personalized healthcare
monitoring, incidence detection and management, and, emergency intervention,
transportation and treatment. With an increasing cost of healthcare services
and an exponential increase in the number of seniors and retirees in
developed countries have created several major challenges for policy makers,
healthcare providers, hospitals, insurance companies and patients. Pervasive
healthcare is considered a solution to many of these problems as well as a
possible future of healthcare services. To make the vision of pervasive
healthcare a reality, there are many serious challenges that must be
addressed including lack of comprehensive coverage of wireless and mobile
networks, reliability of wireless infrastructure, general limitations of
hand-held devices, medical usability of sensors and mobile devices,
interference with other medical devices, privacy and security, payment and
many management issues in pervasive healthcare. 


The possible topics for this special issue are:


• Patient monitoring in diverse environments

• Using mobile devices for healthcare information storage, update, and

• Sensing of vital signs and transmission using wireless networks

• Forming ad hoc wireless networks for enhanced monitoring of patients

• Networking support for pervasive healthcare

• Managing healthcare emergency vehicles and routing

• Network support for mobile telemedicine

• Pervasive healthcare applications

• Representation of medical information in pervasive healthcare environment

• Role of medical protocols in pervasive healthcare

• Improved delivery of healthcare services

• The usability of wireless-based solutions in healthcare

• Security and privacy in pervasive healthcare

• Training of healthcare professional for pervasive healthcare

• Human-computer interaction in pervasive healthcare

• Users studies in pervasive healthcare

• Managing the integration of wireless solutions in pervasive healthcare




Submission of Papers: October 1, 2006

Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2007

Final Papers Due: March 15, 2007



Submission Guidelines:

Authors should submit papers not exceeding 20 double spaced pages, excluding
figures, tables and references, in pdf to Upkar Varshney ([log in to unmask])
by October 1, 2006. For detailed author guidelines, please see 



Guest Editors:

Upkar Varshney

Department of Computer Information Systems

Georgia State University, Atlanta 30302

E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Ph: 404-463-1939

Fax: 404-651-3842


Oscar Mayora


Via Solteri 38, Trento 38100, Italy

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Ph: +39 0461 828584

Fax: +39 0461 421157


Jorge C. Trainini MD

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

Presidente Perσn Hospital

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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