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Special Issue "The Dawn of mHealth Innovation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kota Kodama
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Guest Editor
Graduate School of Technology Management, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto 603-8577, Japan
Interests: technology management; innovation management; healthcare; AI
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent progress in mobile technology, represented by smartphones and smart watches, has been remarkable. A service called mobile health, which uses such mobile technology to manage health, is also becoming a reality. Although the accuracy of medical devices is not as high as the accuracy of those used in medicine, biometric information such as heart rate and SpO2 can already be monitored over a long period of time. Although the technology is maturing to the point where it can be implemented in society, it remains an unapproved service of medical care in most countries. Conversely, mobile health raises privacy concerns in the US because the usual behavior and biometric information of subjects are utilized by private companies. In addition, it is important to note that the behavior and biometric information of subjects, collected by smart devices, are automatically analyzed by AI technology, mainly machine learning, which makes the analysis a black box. In order to solve these technical and social problems, discussions from various perspectives are necessary.

This Special Issue covers a wide range of topics on technology and innovation management related to AI and healthcare. It will include, but is not limited to:

  • Conceptual propositions on technology and innovation for the sustainability and social implementation of mHealth and Healthcare AI;
  • Systematic reviews on technology and innovation for the sustainability and social implementation of mHealth and Healthcare AI;
  • Methodology for the analysis, design, and implementation of innovative technology, products/services, and systems for the sustainability and social implementation of mHealth and Healthcare AI;
  • Practices and case studies on technology and innovation management for the sustainability and social implementation of mHealth and Healthcare AI.

We invite papers that comprehensively examine the current status based on credible analysis and evidence, and also provide potential solutions with salient ideas, and future perspectives with profound insights and normative perspectives. We welcome papers dealing with specific topics from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. We also welcome papers with both qualitative and quantitative approaches. We expect that this Special Issue will serve as a forum for anyone with an interest in and passion for the realization of a sustainable society through technology and innovation.

This Special Issue will be launched as part of the following project. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Air Liquide, Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS and all those involved for giving us this opportunity.

Project title: A Comparative Study of Japanese, US, and French Regulation and Social System of AI Used in Medicine

Project abstract: This research aims to find answers to the following questions: What are the main differences between the governmental policies used in terms of utilizing AI in medical devices and therapeutic applications? How will the entire social system change when a new technology, called mHealth, is introduced into society?


Dr. Kota Kodama
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • healthcare ecosystem
  • mobile health
  • digital transformation : DX
  • healthcare AI
  • healthcare regulation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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