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Special Issue "The Effectiveness of Healthcare 4.0 and the Improvement of Management Approaches in Healthcare Services"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2023 | Viewed by 3009

Special Issue Editors

Facultad de Ingeniería, Arquitectura y Diseño, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Ensenada 23080, Mexico
Interests: operational excellence; healthcare 4.0; supply chain management; processes improvement methodologies including lean and six sigma
1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia
2. IAE Business School, Universidad Austral, C1010 AAZ Buenos Aires, Argentina
3. Departamento de Engenharia de Produção e Sistemas, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis 88040-900, Brazil
Interests: operational excellence in healthcare; digital technologies in healthcare; resilient healthcare; lean management; industry 4.0
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Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3EU, UK
Interests: lean; six sigma; industry 4.0; systems thinking; operations management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the challenges faced by the healthcare sector in its ongoing effort to improve the quality of care is the constant need for innovative tools to enhance the healthcare experience. To this end, digital technologies related to Healthcare 4.0 and improved management approaches are increasingly utilized, separately or together, as healthcare interventions. Therefore, we encourage researchers, experts, and practitioners to share their experiences and knowledge in this Special Issue, which focuses on the advances in and evolution of Healthcare 4.0, as well as approaches to its improvement. We are particularly interested in the benefits and challenges associated with Healthcare 4.0, as well as its effects on patients, staff, resources, and the healthcare service overall. Empirical and theoretical research is welcome, including, but not limited to: 

  • The use and future of Healthcare 4.0, including technologies such as simulation, automatization,
  • artificial intelligence, big data analytics, block chain, robotics, and the internet of things.
  • Case studies of improvement approaches, including Lean and Six Sigma.
  • Applications of electronic medical records and health information systems.
  • Innovative approaches to Healthcare 4.0 and intervention improvement in healthcare. 

Dr. Diego Tlapa-Mendoza
Dr. Guilherme Luz Tortorella
Prof. Dr. Maneesh Kumar
Guest Editors

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  • Healthcare 4.0
  • Industry 4.0
  • Lean
  • Six Sigma
  • electronic medical records
  • health information systems
  • simulation
  • automatization
  • artificial intelligence
  • big data analytics
  • IoT
  • robotics
  • virtual reality
  • augmented reality

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Critical Success Factors for Successful Implementation of Healthcare 4.0: A Literature Review and Future Research Agenda
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(5), 4669; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20054669 - 06 Mar 2023
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The digitization of healthcare services is a major shift in the manner in which healthcare services are offered and managed in the modern era. The COVID-19 pandemic has speeded up the use of digital technologies in the healthcare sector. Healthcare 4.0 (H4.0) is [...] Read more.
The digitization of healthcare services is a major shift in the manner in which healthcare services are offered and managed in the modern era. The COVID-19 pandemic has speeded up the use of digital technologies in the healthcare sector. Healthcare 4.0 (H4.0) is much more than the adoption of digital tools, however; going beyond that, it is the digital transformation of healthcare. The successful implementation of H 4.0 presents a challenge as social and technical factors must be considered. This study, through a systematic literature review, expounds ten critical success factors for the successful implementation of H 4.0. Bibliometric analysis of existing articles is also carried out to understand the development of knowledge in this domain. H 4.0 is rapidly gaining prominence, and a comprehensive review of critical success factors in this area has yet to be conducted. Conducting such a review makes a valuable contribution to the body of knowledge in healthcare operations management. Furthermore, this study will also help healthcare practitioners and policymakers to develop strategies to manage the ten critical success factors while implementing H 4.0. Full article
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