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The Use of Innovative Information and Communication Technology in Healthy Ageing among Vulnerable Populations

Call for Papers

Healthy ageing is a complex process influenced by a broad array of individual and contextual factors including public health infrastructure, preventive and health promotion programs, economic aspects, and social networks. Such factors play an even more important role among vulnerable populations including immigrants, elders, children, and people with rare diseases. These populations often lack access to social and contextual factors influencing health and also have limited access to information and communication technology tools that can assist them in their daily struggles. Hence, the current special issue is devoted to the particular interaction between ICT and healthy ageing among vulnerable populations.

We invite investigators to contribute original research as well as review articles that will shed more light on our understanding of the complex pathways through which information and communication technologies may or may not be used to improve access to quality health care among vulnerable populations around the world. Furthermore, we are interested in highlighting successful examples of original research, translational projects, and community interventions that promote healthy ageing among special populations. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare information technology, assisted living technologies, and healthy ageing among vulnerable populations: a multidisciplinary approach
  • Public health policies and targeted healthcare services in support of the healthy ageing process using innovative ICT tools
  • ICT-based healthy and active ageing among special populations (e.g., mental illness, elders, children, and patients with rare diseases)
  • Innovative ICT tools for healthy ageing in developing countries
  • ICT and Healthy ageing among thalassaemia patients, sickle cell disease, and patients with other haemoglobinopathies
  • ICT tools assisting vulnerable populations gaining access to quality healthcare services
  • The utility of ICT innovations for promoting lifestyle, environmental, and societal factors that contribute to the healthy ageing process

Before submission, authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/public.health/icta/, according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 4 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 27 June 2014
Publication DateFriday, 22 August 2014

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Joseph Difranza, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01655, USA
  • Lambros Lazuras, South-East European Research Centre (SEERC), Greece, and Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Efthyvoulos Kyriakou, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Frederick University, Lemesos, Cyprus