Mobile Information Systems

Fundamental Issues in Mobile Healthcare Information Systems


1Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

2King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

3Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

Fundamental Issues in Mobile Healthcare Information Systems


Consistent growth in mobility has oriented significant features that have improved the quality of service deemed necessary to glorify the human life. The need for the extension in available services is growing while the multidimensional and deep rooted issues about the security, privacy, efficiency, coherence, and fault tolerance are also growing. While most of the online businesses, social networking, financial transactions, and personal record managements, and so forth, are overwhelmingly being done from mobile phones, it is important that a capable system of handling this data is in place to keep, handle, update, secure, and make data available when needed. The quality of life can be improved by considering a number of areas that have a direct impact in making the life easier. One prominent area in this regard is healthcare and the need to have security, privacy, efficiency, robustness, consistency, and availability at all times is a critical requirement of such systems. In order to incorporate the said objectives it is justified to advocate an information system that can operate on mobile to provide the healthcare services.

Healthcare systems are at the cusp of being revolutionized by advancements in technology, which when appropriately integrated into existing best practices, can enable faster and safer cure, improved doctor-patient relationships, personalized treatments, and lower costs. With rapid advances in computing and associated technologies, we are seeing slow, steady, and seamless integration of communication, networking, hardware miniaturization, sensing, cryptographization, and a range of algorithmic advances for smarter healthcare. At the forefront of challenges in emergent smarter healthcare systems is how to manage massive information over variety of technologies such as the Internet, smartphones, mobile devices, and wearable and embedded sensors deployed in large numbers for wide applications.

Unfortunately though, empowering the information management today is challenging considering heterogeneity, multidimensionality scale, complexity, volume, and speed of data generated. In the realm of healthcare, while there are clear opportunities to leverage information management emanating from today’s computing technologies, additional challenges include providing information reliability, security, patient’s privacy, real-time criticality, information fusion, system sustainability, and social interaction, among others. Although research in the domain of information management analytics for smarter health care is attracting attention across disciplines, several applications, opportunities, challenges, models, and technologies are yet to be explored and investigated. This special issue solicits high quality, unpublished manuscripts reporting original work in both theoretical and experimental research in the area of information management specifically for smarter healthcare.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile application architectures for smarter healthcare
  • Data integration and information fusion for smarter healthcare
  • Security, trust, and privacy in mobile healthcare applications
  • Personalized mobile patient centric healthcare
  • Networking and communication architectures for healthcare
  • Social activities information management
  • Energy management issues in mobile healthcare
  • Security and privacy challenges in mobile information systems
  • Efficient data management for mobile healthcare management
  • Real-time protocols for mobile healthcare
  • Intelligent systems for healthcare
  • Mobile decision support systems


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6504641
  • - Editorial

Fundamental Issues in Mobile Healthcare Information Systems

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  • - Volume 2016
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  • - Volume 2016
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  • - Volume 2016
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  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3091280
  • - Research Article

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  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 260594
  • - Research Article

EVFDT: An Enhanced Very Fast Decision Tree Algorithm for Detecting Distributed Denial of Service Attack in Cloud-Assisted Wireless Body Area Network

Rabia Latif | Haider Abbas | ... | Ashraf Masood
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