Special Issue "Digital Health in Hospital Medicine"

A special issue of Hospitals (ISSN 2813-4524).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 228

Special Issue Editors

U.O.C. Radioterapia Oncologica, Dipartimento di Diagnostica per Immagini, Radioterapia Oncologica ed Ematologia, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, 00168 Rome, Italy
Interests: radiotherapy; digital health; artificial intelligence; radiomics
IRCCS Istituto Romagnolo per lo Studio dei Tumori (IRST) "Dino Amadori", Meldola, Italy
Interests: computer Science; digital healthcare; data science; artificial intelligence and machine learning; digital transformation; business models; innovation; outcome research; real world analysis; secondary use of data; data protection; cybersecurity; healthcare management and leadership; oncology and oncoematology settings
Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Valentini
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Guest Editor
1. Radiation Oncology Unit, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, 00168 Rome, Italy
2. Department of Radiological and Hematological Sciences, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
Interests: digital health; radiation oncology; clinical oncology; artificial intelligence; process mining; data mining; patient remote monitoring; medical education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In just a short time, digital innovation in the field of medicine has led to new technologies becoming available for the treatment of patients and to a new model of care pathways and health processes being developed. Moreover, the pandemic emergency of the SARS-Cov-2 infection has fostered and catalyzed the process of integrating digital methods into clinical practice by promoting telemedicine modalities with the aim of reducing the risk of infection.

The hospital setting has also benefited from technological progress, both in terms of new treatment modalities (e.g., robotic surgery; imaging diagnostics guided by artificial intelligence algorithms; the possibility of analyzing large quantities of data to identify predictive factors at an early stage and personalize treatment, etc.) and the use of new instruments, now available at a low cost on a large scale. These advances have allowed remote and/or non-invasive monitoring of patient parameters, such as blood pressure or glycaemia, and teleconsultation.

While preliminary evidence is beginning to demonstrate the clinical benefits and competitiveness of these technologies in the clinical setting, their practical applications are without a shared benchmark or a validated implementation process.

In this light, the aims of this Special Issue are:

  • to provide a synoptic summary of the current evidence of the applications of digital health in the hospital setting, with a special focus on telemedicine, mobile health, artificial intelligence, data mining, process mining, -omics technology and robotic in healthcare;
  • to collect preliminary applications, proof of concept, proposals and results of clinical experiences in which these technological innovations are applied;
  • to measure the impact of digital health in a hospital setting, not only in terms of clinical outcomes but also in terms of performance indexes and sustainability, in the perspective of value-based healthcare;
  • to evaluate possible limitations and future perspectives in different countries in a global health context;
  • to define and explicate the regulatory and ethical perimeters and boundaries in which technology (from new digital devices to innovative algorithms and software for clinical use) is to be integrated, including the evaluation of a digitally enhanced doctor–patient relationship;
  • to consider the new training requirements and medical education issues for physicians and healthcare professionals who see themselves as either involved in the research and managerial process of designing and validating technologies or as users for a safe clinical management of their patients.

We welcome submissions of the following article types: reviews, original articles, brief reports, case reports, project reports, perspectives and protocols

Dr. Calogero Casà
Dr. Nicola Gentili
Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Valentini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • digital health
  • telemedicine
  • mobile health
  • artificial intelligence
  • data mining
  • process mining
  • omics technology
  • robotic
  • medical education
  • global health

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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