Pervasive and Smart Technologies for Healthcare: Ubiquitous Methodologies and Tools

Pervasive and Smart Technologies for Healthcare: Ubiquitous Methodologies and Tools

Antonio Coronato (CNR, Italy) and Giuseppe De Pietro (CNR, Italy)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: March, 2010|Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 408
ISBN13: 9781615207657|ISBN10: 1615207651|EISBN13: 9781615207664|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-765-7

Description

Pervasive healthcare is an emerging discipline concerning the application of wireless, mobile, and intelligent technologies to certain healthcare issues. Such issues within healthcare systems include the increased incidence of lifestyle-related diseases and chronic illnesses, the need to educate individuals on the management of their own health, the rise of consumerism in healthcare, and also the need to provide direct access to healthcare services, irrespective of time and place.

Pervasive and Smart Technologies for Healthcare: Ubiquitous Methodologies and Tools provides insight from members of prestigious universities and research institutes around the world into possible solutions for the aforementioned pressures within today's healthcare systems. Pervasive healthcare technologies are creating a new market for higher quality and less expensive healthcare applications, making this book ideal for ICT community members willing to design and develop advanced pervasive healthcare applications, and healthcare practitioners wanting to reorganize business processes within a healthcare system so that patients are diagnosed and treated more quickly and effectively.

Topics Covered

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

  • Economic and Organizational Factors in Telemedicine
  • Electronic health record
  • ICT in Healthcare
  • Mobile Patient Monitoring
  • Pervasive Grid-based Healthcare Information System Architecture
  • Pervasive Healthcare Systems
  • Smart Homes
  • Telemedicine
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

Reviews and Testimonials

This book is oriented both at ICT community members, who are willing to design and develop advanced pervasive healthcare application, and at healthcare managers and operators, who want to reorganize business processes into hospitals and in the healthcare system in general, as well as procedures for treating ill and/or old people.

– Antonio Coronato

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Preface

The increasing aging of population and the growing number of chronically ill people require that national healthcare systems be prepared, in the next future, and equipped to face such issues and avoid collapses.

The shift to a more consumer driven healthcare market is impacting consumer expectations regarding the quality and consistency of the care they seek. Moreover, patients facing a potentially life threatening disease are seeking the rapid responses from healthcare systems and operators and, possibly, better plans for treatments. On the other hand, the wide diffusion of wireless technologies along with the emerging of new devices and sensors are opening a new market of better and cheaper healthcare applications.

Pervasive healthcare is the emerging discipline about the application of wireless, mobile and intelligent technologies to healthcare. It is related to the development and application of pervasive computing technologies -ubiquitous computing, context-aware computing, ambient intelligence, etc- for healthcare, health and wellness management.

It definitively aims at making healthcare available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere according to the original vision of the pervasive computing paradigm.

Pervasive healthcare, thus, seeks to respond to a variety of pressures on healthcare systems, including the increased incidence of life-style related and chronic diseases, emerging consumerism in healthcare, need for empowering patients and relatives for self-care and management of their own health, and need to provide seamless access to health care services, independent of time and place.

Pervasive healthcare s opening a wide range of innovative applications, from remote monitoring of elder people or ill patients, to new environments like advanced surgery rooms, smart spaces for doctor consulting, assisted living homes, smart hospitals, etc.

Research Community has been producing a remarkable effort with the aim of developing methodologies, techniques, technologies, tools, and applications of pervasive healthcare. Such an effort has been principally pushed by national governs and international organizations (e.g. European Commission) that have studied the benefits of adopting such technologies in healthcare and then funded myriad of projects.

This book reports several experiences concerning the application of pervasive computing technologies, methodologies and tools in healthcare.

It has received the contribution of members of prestigious universities, research institutes and industries, all working, day by day, for identifying solutions to decentralize patient care from hospital to home, to improve disease prevention and self-care, to provide seamless and pervasive access to health care services, etc.

This book is oriented both at ICT community members, who are willing to design and develop advanced pervasive healthcare application, and at healthcare managers and operators, who want to reorganize business processes into hospitals and in the healthcare system in general, as well as procedures for treating ill and/or old people.

The reader can easily figure out the potentialities of pervasive computing in healthcare. In particular, by means of the set of new applications described, as well as the methodologies, technologies and tools presented, the reader can catch the state of the art and future trends.

The book is organized in three main sections: “Technologies and Applications,” “Security, Dependability, and Performability,” and “Methodologies and Frameworks.”

Technologies and Applications consists of seven chapters, which present different technologies, like body sensor networks, and relevant applications. Security, Dependability, and Performability is focused on critical issues like the reliability of pervasive healthcare solutions, the privacy of clinic information, the ability of remote monitoring services to perform correctly in real environments, etc. Methodologies and Frameworks presents methodological approaches to the design, implementation and business management of pervasive healthcare systems along with some enabling frameworks.

To conclude, we sincerely hope that you enjoy the experience of this state of the art book, and get excited by potentialities of new technologies in a crucial field of application like healthcare.

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Antonio Coronato received the degree in information engineering at the University “Federico II” of Naples in the 1998. He is a researcher at the Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR) of the italian National Research Council (CNR). He is grant professor of Software Engineering at the University “Federico II” of Naples and Object Oriented Programming at the Second University of Naples. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Security and Communication Networks, a member of the international editorial board for the Journal of Smart Home, the Journal of Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering and the Journal of Software Architecture. He is also involved in the organization of several international conferences on pervasive computing. His research interests are in the field of pervasive computing, middleware and component-based architectures and dependable computing.
Giuseppe De Pietro received the degree in electronic engineering at the University “Federico II” of Naples in the 1988. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He is grant professor of Information Systems at the Second University of Naples. He is a member of the international editorial board for the Journal of Smart Home and the Journal of Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering. He is also involved in the organization of several international conferences on pervasive computing. His research interests are in the field of pervasive computing, graphics and virtual reality environments, middleware and component-based architectures, software engineering. He is a member of the IEEE.

Indices

Editorial Board

  • Alex Mihailidis, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Anand Ranaghatan, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
  • Hisao-Hwa Chen, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
  • Jong-Hyuk Park, Kyungnam University, Korea
  • Luigi Romano, Università "Parthenope", Italy
  • Majid Sarrafzadeh, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
  • Qian Zhang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
  • Thanos Vasilakos, University of Western Macedonia, Greece