There are two key challenges in today’s healthcare system: One is the significant cost pressure on healthcare delivery and the second is the rapid growth of the field of medical informatics and e-health, increasingly using ambient and pervasive technologies. In addition there is a trend to foster active patient participation in their care. Patients of all ages are becoming more and more familiar with technology, especially mobile devices. Therefore, it is prudent to look at the application of such technologies for healthcare with the goal to facilitate value-driven healthcare delivery.
Here, a new field of research is evolving which is focused on ambient and pervasive technologies for healthcare. This rapidly growing area is expected to play an increasingly important role for healthcare globally. Reasons for this include: the higher mobility of individuals, the need to have active and empowered patients, the pressure to provide effective and efficient care, the growth in chronic diseases and therefore the demand for appropriate solutions to monitor and manage these diseases. This minitrack has been designed to provide an outlet for research in this nascent area. Selected papers will be fast-tracked for a special issue in Health and Technology published by Springer.
Completed and research in progress papers are welcomed that focus on any topic within this discipline. In particular broad categories of suitable papers include but are not limited to:
• Network-centric design of applications using sensing and pervasive technologies
• Biomedical applications based on sensor data
• Sensor-based devices for treatment tracking and tracing
• Big data analytics of heterogeneous health data
• Online social networks and health 2.0
• Persuasive technologies and applications
• Apps Development and Service-orientated architectures
• Theories and studies supporting successful design, development, and implementation
• Methodologies and frameworks to support self-care
• Chronic disease management and preventative solutions
• Developing business models and cost-effective concepts for pervasive healthcare
Freimut Bodendorf (Primary Contact)
Institute of Information Systems
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Freimut Bodendorf is Director of the Institute of Information Systems and Head of the Department “Services–Processes–Intelligence” at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Applied research focuses on service industries, especially in the field of healthcare/homecare, commerce/retail, and education/training. Professor Bodendorf received his M.S. degree (Diplom) in Computer Science from the
School of Engineering and his PhD degree (Doctor) in Information Systems from the School of Business at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Subsequently he was head of an IS department at the School of Medicine at the University of Freiburg/Germany, full professor at the Postgraduate School of Engineering in Nuremberg/Germany, and full professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland. Professor Bodendorf is member of the Executive Board of the Regional Computing Center Erlangen, of the German National Association for Computer Science (Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI), of the Special Interest Group Business Informatics at the GI, of the German National Association for Higher Education in Business Management (Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft, VHB), of the Scientific Committee of the VHB, and of the International Association for Computer Information Systems. He has been supervisor of research programs with many companies and member of numerous international scientific committees and editorial boards. He is author or co-author of more than 20 books and more than 200 refereed articles in journals, books, and proceedings.
Epworth HealthCare and School of Business and IT RMIT University
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Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, USA and currently is the Epworth Chair in Health Information Management and a professor at RMIT University, Australia. She researches and teaches within the information systems domain with a special focus on IS/IT solutions to effect superior, patient centric healthcare delivery, an area which she has researched in for over 15 years. She has collaborated with leading scholars at various premier healthcare organizations throughout US including the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Kaiser, Mayo Clinic and North Western as well as in Europe and Australasia. She is well published with more than 300 referred scholarly articles, 12 books, an encyclopaedia, numerous book chapters, an encyclopedia and a well established funded research track record. Some of her current funded research projects include the design and development of a mobile technology solution to facilitate superior management and monitoring of diabetes in Australia, Canada, China, Canada, Germany and US, the design and development of a social media application for obesity management and monitoring in Germany and Australia, and the design and development of a mobile solution for the monitoring and management of TB in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Wickramasinghe is the editor in chief of 2 scholarly journals published by InderScience: IJNVO(Intl. Networking and Virtual Organizations) and IJBET(Intl.J Biomedical Engineering and Technology). She was instrumental in introducing the special interest focus of e- health into the Bled eConference, was one of the key people who introduced the healthcare track into AMICS and also introduced the IS/IT and healthcare track into PACIS. Professor Wickramasinghe is the Springer Editor in Chief for the book series Healthcare Delivery for the Information Age.
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Carolin Durst is Associate Professor at the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg. She holds a PhD degree in the field of Services Science and her current research focuses on the application of advanced business analytics to specific business challenges. The fields of applications comprise e-health, marketing and strategic management. In the context of e-health Dr. Durst applies advanced business analytics to investigate health-related behaviors using online social network data. Her research is published in the Communications of the AIS (CAIS), International Journal of Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications, and elsewhere, including chapters and conference proceedings.