Special Issue "Advancements in Quality of Patient Care and Health Services Through Health Informatics Innovations"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Interests: healthcare knowledge modeling and computerization; digital chronic disease management; m-health
The latest innovations in health informatics hold great promise of efficiency, cost reduction, and improved health care for both communicable (CDs) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Common NCDs such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, COPD, arthritis, and neuropsychiatric disorders are the leading cause of disease burden and mortality, and their management has been prioritized globally. Prevention and management of NCDs require joint efforts from health care providers and patients. Health Informatics technologies can be leveraged to provide efficient platforms to deliver multidisciplinary patient management programs that are able to promote shared decision making, patient education, and behaviour modification.
Management of communicable diseases (CDs) includes disease surveillance, prevention, and preparedness and requires information from various sources that must be timely, accurate, and visualized to draw actionable insights. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has shown the necessity of healthcare institutions to rapidly adapt to the changing public health landscape. Central to the pandemic response are the emerging research-based health informatics initiatives designed to draw on information and communication technologies to improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of healthcare.
The aim of this Special Issue is to present the latest innovations in health informatics methods and technologies to prevent, track, and manage chronic and communicable diseases. We welcome original contributions in the form of theoretical, engineering-related, and empirical research, review articles, policy articles, and case reports.
The topics include but are not limited to:
- Clinical information systems and infrastructure for inter-institution data sharing;
- Health data visualizations and knowledge translation;
- Image-based diagnosis, severity assessment, and management using automated image analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) methods and tools;
- Application of machine learning tools to in-practice data for diagnosis and management, in particular drug repurposing and pharmacovigilance;
- Knowledge-driven methods toward clinical decision support;
- Utility of telemedicine and virtual visits to manage illness;
- Design and implementation of patient registries and databases;
- Digital mental health services (Mobile or Web-based);
- At home monitoring and symptom screening tools to aid individuals manage their condition
- Theory-based mobile apps, portals, and web sites to provide tailored health education to individuals and help them to achieve behaviour modification;
- Impact of social networks on the COVID-19 pandemic, especially misinformation and views around masks, social distancing, vaccination, and management;
- Evidence synthesis related to health informatics technologies.
Dr. Samina Abidi
Dr. William Van Woensel
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- Clinical information system
- Artificial intelligence
- Image analysis
- Mobile apps
- Patient education
- Social networks
- Digital mental health
- Data visualization