Handbook of Research on Distributed Medical Informatics and E-Health

Handbook of Research on Distributed Medical Informatics and E-Health

Athina A. Lazakidou (University of Peloponnese, Greece) and Konstantinos M. Siassiakos (University of Piraeus, Greece)
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Release Date: August, 2008|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 600
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-002-8
ISBN13: 9781605660028|ISBN10: 1605660027|EISBN13: 9781605660035
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Recent developments in e-health have enhanced the healthcare industry as well as expanded the role of medical informatics. These emerging innovations have not only given patients the opportunity for quality of life improvement, but also opened the door to health communication exploration.

The Handbook of Research on Distributed Medical Informatics and E-Health provides comprehensive coverage of the most important issues, concepts, new trends and advanced technologies in healthcare. This enhanced resource of over 30 articles from international experts contributes a compendium of terms, definitions, and explanations for academicians and health professionals worldwide.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical and biomolecular ontologies
  • Distributed e-healthcare system
  • E-health communication systems
  • Electronic health record standards
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Medical classification
  • Medical Informatics
  • Medical privacy
  • Ophthalmology
  • RFID in hospitals
  • Telehealth
  • Telepsychiatry
  • Wireless telemedicine
Reviews and Testimonials

This handbook is an excellent source of comprehensive knowledge and literature on the topic of Distributed Health and Biomedical Informatics.

– Athina A. Lazakidou, University of Peloponnese, Greece

This collection presents research on managing electronic medical records and intergrating technology with health care delivery.

– Book News Inc. (March 2009)

This handbook is a wide-ranging and internationally flavoured collection of papers describing many aspects of distributed health care and biomedical informatics. The editors have assembled material that ranges from technically focused to almost philosophical in approach, and provided an exciting overview of the possibilities in store for the future of health information systems.

– Online Information Review (April 2009)
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Editor Biographies
Athina Lazakidou currently works at the University of Peloponnese, Department of Nursing (Greece) as a lecturer in health informatics, and at the Hellenic Naval Academy as a visiting lecturer in informatics. She worked as a visiting lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus (2000-2002) and at the Department of Nursing at the University of Athens (2002-2007). She completed her undergraduate studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and received her BSc in computer science in 1996. In 2000, she received her PhD in medical informatics from the Department of Medical Informatics, University Hospital Benjamin Franklin at the Free University of Berlin (Germany). She is also an internationally known expert in the field of computer applications in health care and biomedicine, with six books and numerous papers to her credit. She was also editor of the Handbook of Research on Informatics in Healthcare and Biomedicine and Handbook of Research on Distributed Medical Informatics and E-Health, the best authoritative reference sources for information on the newest trends and breakthroughs in computer applications applied to healthcare and biomedicine. Her research interests include health informatics, e-learning in medicine, software engineering, graphical user interfaces, (bio)medical databases, clinical decision support systems, hospital and clinical information systems, electronic medical record systems, telematics, and other Web-based applications in healthcare and biomedicine.
Konstantinos Siassiakos holds a diploma (1995) of Electrical and Computer Engineer from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Studies, University of Patras, Greece, and a Ph.D. (2001) diploma from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Dr. K. Siassiakos currently works as visiting lecturer at the Technological Educational Institute of Chalkida, at the University of Piraeus in Greece and Hellenic Naval Academy. Also He currently works as Special Scientific Staff at the Civil Service Staffing Council (ASEP). He has worked as an IT consultant at Ministry of Development (General Secretariat of Industry), Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs (General Secretariat for Adult Education), Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity and as a researcher at the Department of Technology Education & Digital Systems, University of Piraeus. His research interests include logistics management, electronic customer relationship management systems, applied cryptography, management information systems, web-based learning systems, educational technologies, human computer interaction, quality assurance, business process reengineering, and e-government technologies.
Editorial Review Board
Sotirios Bisdas
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany

Andriani Daskalaki
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Genetics, Germany

Iordanis Evangelou
National Institutes of Health, USA

Anastasia Kastania
Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece

Konstantinos Konstantinidis
General Hospital Salzburg, Austria

Melpomeni Lazakidou
Institute of Occupational Medicine, Salzburg, Austria

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Improvements in healthcare delivery in recent years are rooted in the continued industry-wide investment in information technology and the expanding role of medical informatics. Endeavors to combine medical science and technology have resulted in a growing knowledge base of techniques and applications for healthcare delivery and information management in support of patient care, research and education. Emerging mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies in concert with recent developments in medicine, physiotherapy and psychology have the potential to provide people, especially the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases, with great opportunities to improve their quality of life and increase independence in daily living. In effect, more and more healthcare will be provided outside of traditional clinical settings in the patient's home and in a proactive, rather than reactive, manner. The main goal of this new publication is to provide innovative and creative ideas for improving communication environments in health and to explore all new technologies in medical informatics and health care delivery systems.

The Handbook of Research on Distributed Medical Informatics and E-Health provides a compendium of terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms. Additionally, this volume features short papers authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of key terms and concepts related to different areas, issues and trends in various areas of Distributed Medical Informatics, E-Health and M-Health.

The topics of this handbook cover useful areas of general knowledge including Information and Communication Technologies related to Health, New Developments in Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems, Applications and Services, Wireless Telemedicine and Communications Technologies in Healthcare, Mobile Health Applications and new Home Care Telecare Systems, Wireless LANs and Data Communications for Health Care Networks, Virtual Learning Environments in Health (for Patient Education, Medical Students or Healthcare Professionals), Hospital Information Systems & E-Health Cards, Standardization Aspects in E-Health related Communications, Socio/Ethical & Economic Advantages of the new M-Health Applications, Ethical Issues in E-Health and M-Health, Evaluation of E-Health Communication Systems, Security Issues of Telemedicine, Distributed Health Telematics Applications, Space Telemedicine and Satellite Applications and Other Distributed Medical Applications.

This handbook is an excellent source of comprehensive knowledge and literature on the topic of Distributed Health and Biomedical Informatics.

All of us who worked on the book hope that readers will find it useful.

Athina A. Lazakidou, Ph.D