Special Issue "Patient Generated Data: Usefulness and Challenges"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paulo de Carvalho
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Guest Editor
Department of Informatics Engineering, CISUC-Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra, University of Coimbra, P-3030-790 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: signal and image processing; pattern recognition; medical informatics; eHealth
Dr. Rute Almeida
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Guest Editor
Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS), Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal
Interests: mHealth; self-monitoring tools; respiratory sounds; signal processing techniques; along with modeling and statistical analysis to extract information and characterize biomedical signals
Dr. Ana Ferreira
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Guest Editor
Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS), Community Medicine, Department of Information and Health Decision Sciences, Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal
Interests: information security; access control; security usability and HCI; socio-technical security; social engineering; eectronic patient records; patient's empowerment; risk analisys/assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The ubiquity of smartphones and easiness of connectivity creates an opportunity for collecting data produced and reported by their users, in particular in the framework of mobile health (mHealth) applications. Using that data to monitoring health and life style of patients, or persons at increased risk of disease, is a valuable resource for supporting the patients and contribute to a more efficient healthcare. Nevertheless, the data generated by patients presents specific challenges that this special issue intends to explore. Privacy risks may lead to objections from patients to authorize the use of their data, while incompleteness, imprecision and other quality problems may jeopardize their usefulness. Legal and ethical concerns must be attended to, and aspects regarding the secure transmission and storage, interoperability and sharing are also relevant. The design of tools promoting high quality data collection, while ensuring the security and privacy are crucial to increase the confidence of patients and healthcare teams, to both provide and use of patient generated data. 

Special interest in challenges related to:

  • Electronic Health Records fed by mHealth solutions
  • Quality and reliability of data retrieved from mobile applications and social media
  • Monitoring and health managing systems based on patient generated data
  • Informed consent management in mHealth data collection
  • Security and privacy of personal data produced by the patient, including especially sensitive data as health information
  • Secondary use of Patient generated data

The submission of other related topics is welcome, and can be discussed with the Guest Editors.

Dr. Paulo de Carvalho
Dr. Rute Almeida
Dr. Ana Ferreira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • patient-generated data
  • electronic health records
  • mHealth
  • health monitoring
  • informed consent
  • security and privacy of personal data
  • secondary use data

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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