Smart and Digital Health

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 3726

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Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larisa, Greece
Interests: systematic reviews; meta-analysis; evidence-based medicine; statistical analysis; data analysis; clinical medicine; health outcomes; healthcare management; health management; research project management; diabetes mellitus; digital health; real-world data; AI; health IoT
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Dear Colleagues, 

The advances of the 4th Industrial Revolution based on real-world data analytics, the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), applied in the healthcare sector, have the potential to revolutionize the provision of healthcare. The digital transformation of health services (Health 4.0) will be based on digital diagnostics and therapeutics (DTx), smart wearables, clinical decision support systems (CDSS), and computer-aided diagnostics (CAD). On the other hand, for the challenges of clinical evidence and cost effectiveness, user acceptance and satisfaction, privacy and ethical considerations, and new organization models of smart, digital health services need to be addressed. This Special Issue welcomes contributions of studies focused on these advantages and challenges of Smart, digital health on various technological platforms and covering all aspects of care. We are interested in studies and reviews focused on the validation or evaluation of smart, digital health services, rather than reports of technological breakthroughs.

Dr. George E. Dafoulas
Dr. Ilias Kalamaras
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Keywords

  • real-world data analytics
  • machine learning
  • artificial intelligence
  • wearables
  • clinical decision support systems (CDSS)
  • computer-aided diagnostics (CAD)
  • digital diagnostics and therapeutics (DTx)

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A Sustainable Model for Healthcare Systems: The Innovative Approach of ESG and Digital Transformation
by Anastasios Sepetis, Fotios Rizos, George Pierrakos, Haralampos Karanikas and Daniel Schallmo
Healthcare 2024, 12(2), 156; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12020156 - 09 Jan 2024
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In recent years, the globe has faced a series of topics of growing concern, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the international financial crisis, rising socio-economic inequalities, the negative outcomes of greenhouse gas emissions, which resulted in climate change, and many others. Organizations worldwide [...] Read more.
In recent years, the globe has faced a series of topics of growing concern, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the international financial crisis, rising socio-economic inequalities, the negative outcomes of greenhouse gas emissions, which resulted in climate change, and many others. Organizations worldwide have confronted these new challenges of sustainable finance by incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors and digital transformation (DT) in their innovation business strategies. The healthcare sector represents a large share of the global economy (about 10% of global economic output), employs a large number of workers, and needs to rely more on an open innovation model where interested parties, especially patients, are going to have a say in their own well-being. Thus, it is imperative that healthcare providers be efficient, effective, resilient, and sustainable in the face of significant challenges and risks. At the same time, they must offer sustainable development goals and digital transformation to healthcare users through limited governmental resources. This study investigates the role, importance, and correlation of ESG factors and digital transformation to the sustainable finance of healthcare systems through an innovative model. The main purpose of the paper is to present the already implemented ESG and DT factors in the healthcare sector and to propose a mutual and combined implementation strategy based on common evaluation tools, methods, and actions. A set of proposed actions and strategies are presented for the sustainability and resilience of the healthcare sector. Full article
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Exploring E-Health Literacy and Technology-Use Anxiety among Older Adults in Korea
by Jiyoun Kim, Sang-Wan Jeon, Hyun Byun and Eunsurk Yi
Healthcare 2023, 11(11), 1556; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11111556 - 25 May 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of health literacy in disseminating information on health in a non-contact society. This study focused on examining the acceptance capacity by older adults of smart devices in Korea and investigating the potential differences between men and [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of health literacy in disseminating information on health in a non-contact society. This study focused on examining the acceptance capacity by older adults of smart devices in Korea and investigating the potential differences between men and women in terms of e-health literacy and technology-use anxiety. The study included 1369 respondents who were adults over 50 years of age and used welfare centers, public health centers, senior citizen centers, and exercise centers in Seoul and Incheon. An online survey was conducted from 1 June 2021 to 24 June 2021. The study found that the older adults’ low levels of digital literacy could limit their access to health information and negatively impact their health. The difference between men and women in terms of technology-use anxiety was statistically significant, with the latent mean for men being higher than that for women. The effect sizes of the potential mean differences were found to be at a medium level for e-health literacy and a significant level for technology-use anxiety. With Korea’s aging population and the need for the continuous management of chronic diseases among older adults, it is essential to discuss internet-based health information for disease maintenance and treatment. Full article
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