Special Issue "Digital Health Research in COVID-19 Era"

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 September 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. William Yu Chung Wang
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Digital Business and Supply Chain Management Department, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton 3210, New Zealand
Interests: business intelligence; data management; digital-heath research; enterprise systems; supply chain management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There have been massive amounts of digital health data stored in the medical information systems. They could be a valuable source of supporting healthcare organizations’ clinical practices and operations, public health management, and medical research if it is analyzed in meaningful ways. Particularly, during the pandemic, there is an increasing needs to understand the developments of digital technologies such as big data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that they are advocated as the emerging technologies in health care to fill this new situations. This could be the new initiatives in online health counsultation, prescription nad diagnosis. The demand to better plan and forecast the inventory of medical supplies become even more important since the Covid19 pandemic. The adoption of digital technologies, their associated management in health care usually lags behind other industries, as some major technological and managerial obstacles still remain.

There can be the lack of health data integration, human bevaviour, policy and legislation, data privacy and security, and limited insufficient resources. As a result, there is an urgent need for further research to technologically explore how to utilize digital health research to support public health, clinical actions, and health management and demonstrate how thse new initiatives, approaches, and technologies can enable healthcare practitioners and policymakers to sufficiently address societal health concerns and challenges.

Dr. William Yu Chung Wang
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • digital health
  • healthcare systems and management
  • diagnosis
  • Covid-19
  • pandemic
  • emerging health technology
  • health policy

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Developing a Stacked Ensemble-Based Classification Scheme to Predict Second Primary Cancers in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(23), 12499; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182312499 - 27 Nov 2021
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Despite a considerable expansion in the present therapeutic repertoire for other malignancy managements, mortality from head and neck cancer (HNC) has not significantly improved in recent decades. Moreover, the second primary cancer (SPC) diagnoses increased in patients with HNC, but studies providing evidence [...] Read more.
Despite a considerable expansion in the present therapeutic repertoire for other malignancy managements, mortality from head and neck cancer (HNC) has not significantly improved in recent decades. Moreover, the second primary cancer (SPC) diagnoses increased in patients with HNC, but studies providing evidence to support SPCs prediction in HNC are lacking. Several base classifiers are integrated forming an ensemble meta-classifier using a stacked ensemble method to predict SPCs and find out relevant risk features in patients with HNC. The balanced accuracy and area under the curve (AUC) are over 0.761 and 0.847, with an approximately 2% and 3% increase, respectively, compared to the best individual base classifier. Our study found the top six ensemble risk features, such as body mass index, primary site of HNC, clinical nodal (N) status, primary site surgical margins, sex, and pathologic nodal (N) status. This will help clinicians screen HNC survivors before SPCs occur. Full article
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Challenges of Using Instant Communication Technology in the Emergency Department during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus Group Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(23), 12463; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182312463 - 26 Nov 2021
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A record outbreak of community-spread COVID-19 started on 10 May 2021, in Taiwan. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, care facilities have adopted various protocols using instant communication technology (ICT) to provide remote yet timely healthcare while ensuring staff safety. The challenges of [...] Read more.
A record outbreak of community-spread COVID-19 started on 10 May 2021, in Taiwan. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, care facilities have adopted various protocols using instant communication technology (ICT) to provide remote yet timely healthcare while ensuring staff safety. The challenges of patient evaluation in the emergency department (ED) using ICT are seldom discussed in the literature. The objective of this study was to investigate the factors influencing the utility of ICT for patient assessment in emergency settings during the pandemic. The patient flow protocol and the ED layout were modified and regionalized into different areas according to the patient’s risk of COVID-19 infection. Nine iPads were stationed in different zones to aid in virtual patient assessment and communication between medical personnel. A focus group study was performed to assess and analyze the utility of the ICT module in the ED. Eight emergency physicians participated in the study. Of them, four (50%) had been directly involved in the development of the ICT module in the study hospital. Three main themes that influenced the application of the ICT module were identified: setting, hardware, and software. The setting theme included six factors: patient evaluation, subspecialty consultation, patient privacy and comfortableness, sanitation, cost, and patient acceptability. The hardware theme included six factors: internet connection, power, quality of image and voice, public or personal mode, portable or fixed mode, and maintenance. The software theme included six factors: platform choices, security, ICT accounts, interview modes, video/voice recording, and time limitation. Future studies should focus on quantifying module feasibility, user satisfaction, and protocol adjustment for different settings. Full article
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