Smart Healthcare Applications and Services: Developments and Practices

Smart Healthcare Applications and Services: Developments and Practices

Carsten Röcker (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and Martina Ziefle (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
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Release Date: December, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 384
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-180-5
ISBN13: 9781609601805|ISBN10: 1609601807|EISBN13: 9781609601829
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Within the last years a variety of new healthcare concepts for supporting and assisting users in technology-enhanced home environments emerged. These so-called “smart healthcare technologies” are characterized by a combined use of information and communication technologies and health monitoring devices in the home domain.

Smart Healthcare Applications and Services: Developments and Practices provides an in-depth introduction into medical, social, psychological, and technical aspects of smart healthcare applications as well as their consequences for the design, use and acceptance of future systems. The knowledge and insights provided in this book will help students as well as systems designers understand the fundamental social and technical requirements smart healthcare technologies have to meet.

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

  • Adaptive and tangible user interfaces for e-health systems
  • Ambient assisted living environments
  • Handheld devices and mobile computing in e-health systems
  • Human aspects of future and emerging healthcare technologies
  • Model-based design of e-health systems
  • Privacy, security, and trust in e-health applications
  • Social and societal implications of e-health applications
  • Software infrastructures and architectures for implementing e-health applications
  • Technologies and devices for smart healthcare systems
  • Usability of healthcare information systems
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For students and systems designers, Röcker and Ziefle (Human Technology Centre and communication science, RWTH Aachen U., Germany) assemble 14 chapters that take an interdisciplinary look at the medical, social, psychological, and technical aspects of smart healthcare technologies that support and assist users in technology-enhanced home environments, from implants for monitoring physiological signals to wearable technologies, and address the consequences for the design, use, and acceptance of future technologies. An international group of engineers, designers, computer scientists, and other researchers discuss wireless sensor technologies for patient monitoring, body area networks, mobile devices for storing personal health information, memory logging systems, a ubiquitous doctor device, vital sign monitors, using active multimodal feedback for neurological damage, an alternative input system for people with motor disabilities, computer-based home care, and other devices.

– Sci Tech Book News, BookNews.com

The knowledge and insights provided in this book will help students as well as systems designers to understand the fundamental social and technical requirements smart healthcare technologies have to meet. By providing a well-rounded introduction within one single volume, this book is equally suited as a library reference and upper-level course supplement, but also represents a first-class resource for independent study.

– Carsten Röcker, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; and Martina Ziefle, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
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Carsten Röcker is a senior researcher at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec) at RWTH Aachen University, working in the research program "eHealth - Enhancing Mobility with Aging." As part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers he is designing healthcare applications for supporting elderly people in ubiquitous computing environments. Previously, Carsten was a visiting PostDoc at the Media Computing Group, focusing on the evaluation of user requirements for smart work environments. Before joining RWTH Aachen University in 2008, he was a PostDoc at the Distributed Cognition and HCI Laboratory at the University of California in San Diego. From 2000 to 2006 he worked as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute (IPSI) in Darmstadt. During this time he was involved in several projects designing novel information and communication technologies for intelligent home and office environments. He has an interdisciplinary background with academic degrees in the areas computer science (PhD), psychology (PhD), electrical engineering (Master) and management (Master).
Martina Ziefle, Ph.D., is Professor for Communication Science at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and head of a research group at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec). HumTec is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and aims at fostering high level interdisciplinary research between the humanities/social sciences and the engineering/natural sciences. Prof. Ziefle’s research addresses human factors in different technology types and using contexts, taking demands of user diversity into account. Her methodological competence regards the experimental and empirical evaluation of human computer interaction. A special research focus is directed to the usability and acceptance of mobile devices, which are increasingly used in novel contexts. Her main research concern is to shape technology innovation in ways that technology development is truly balanced with the human factor. In addition to teaching and directing research on campus, Prof. Ziefle leads various projects funded by industrial and public authorities, dealing with the interaction and communication of humans with technology.
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  • James D. Hollan, University of California, USA
  • Saadi Lahlou, London School of Economics, UK
  • Norbert Streitz, Smart Future Initiative, Germany
  • Kenton O’Hara, Microsoft Research, Pervasive Media Studio, UK
  • Maddy D. Janse, Sector Digital Lifestyle Technology of Philips Research, the Netherlands
  • Susanne Bay, Siemens AG, Germany
  • Carsten Magerkurth, SAP Research CEC St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Tico Ballagas, Nokia Research, USa
  • Adrian David Cheok, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Elaine Huang, University of Calgary, Canada