Digital Healthcare in Pandemics

A special issue of Digital (ISSN 2673-6470).

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School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Interests: Internet of Things; digital healthcare; physical activity classification; machine learning
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Department of Computer Science, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK
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Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS), Edge Hill University, Ormskirk L39 4QP, UK
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Dear Colleagues,

The steady increase in healthcare requirements has affected the healthcare infrastructure. The fragility of a sustainable healthcare system has been witnessed frequently in the past few years. While it can be partially attributed to the prevailing health concerns and the emergence of new diseases, lack of legislation and slow-paced adaption of intelligent healthcare systems also pose major challenges.

The recent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has pushed healthcare systems to the verge of collapse. Undoubtedly, the COVID-19 catastrophe has jeopardized human activities at large and exposed us to unseen threats that have damaged the socioeconomic infrastructure. In such circumstances, smart healthcare offers a sustainable future where technology-driven solutions founded in artificial intelligence, information and communications technology (ICT), cloud and fog computing, decision support systems, big data analytics, telehealth, transportation and emergency response, robotics, assistive technologies, distributed processes, remote monitoring, disease diagnosis, and internet of medical things (IoMT) can have a substantial impact. This Special Issue focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects in digital healthcare and the provision of smart healthcare solutions amidst pandemics.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Internet of Medical Things (IoMT);
  • Developing and building new models and architecture for IoMT;
  • Decision support systems for IoMT-enabled healthcare in pandemics and health crises;
  • IoMT for emergency services and pandemics;
  • Performance, scalability, and reliability in IoMT;
  • Cloud-based healthcare solutions in pandemics;
  • Body area networks;
  • Security and privacy;
  • Intelligent systems;
  • Machine learning approaches to facilitate diagnosis and prediction;
  • Deep learning for predictive modelling and the realization of digital twins in healthcare;
  • Medical image analysis;
  • Medical/bio sensors and sensor networks;
  • Telehealth solutions and digital doctors;
  • Digital twins in healthcare infrastructure;
  • Predictive request routing and medical resource allocation;
  • Deep learning techniques for diagnosis and decision support;
  • Intelligent transportation to facilitate the provision of healthcare services and emergency response;
  • ICT-enabled assistive technologies;
  • Cloud and fog computing in digital health realization;
  • IoMT for the remote monitoring of patients.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Sensors.

Dr. Muhammad Awais
Dr. Mohsin Raza
Prof. Dr. Nik Bessis
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Opinion
On Enhancing the COVID-19 Certification System for the Digitally-Illiterate People Inclusion in the European Union
by Bartłomiej Hadasik and Maria Mach-Król
Digital 2024, 4(1), 182-194; https://doi.org/10.3390/digital4010009 - 11 Feb 2024
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The COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread restrictions globally, prompting governments to implement measures for containment. Vaccines, while aiding in reducing virus transmission, have also introduced the challenge of identifying vaccinated individuals for the purpose of easing restrictions. The European Union (EU) addressed this [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread restrictions globally, prompting governments to implement measures for containment. Vaccines, while aiding in reducing virus transmission, have also introduced the challenge of identifying vaccinated individuals for the purpose of easing restrictions. The European Union (EU) addressed this through the “digital COVID-19 certification” system, allowing citizens to travel within the EU based on their vaccination, recovery, or negative test status. However, the system’s digital format poses challenges for those who are not digitally proficient, such as seniors and those with low educational or socioeconomic status. This study aims to propose enhancements to the current system, considering the mobility needs of all citizens. The methodology involves reviewing literature on digital literacy, the digital divide, and information systems related to vaccination and certification. The paper presents straightforward recommendations to make the COVID-19 certificate more accessible to digitally excluded individuals. These proposals may serve as a valuable starting point for healthcare executives to evaluate and adapt the certification scheme to be inclusive of a broader range of stakeholders. Full article
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