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Special Issue on Wireless Networking for e-Health Applications
The confluence of electronics miniaturization, information proliferation in healthcare, and novel concepts for energy efficiency and energy scavenging, has pushed the application of Mobile Wireless Networks, such as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and – perhaps more importantly so – Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN) from the realm of theoretical exploration into healthcare reality. This advance heralds in a new era for patient monitoring, medical procedures, patient status awareness, outpatient treatment, and a plethora of other areas in modern healthcare.

Developments in component miniaturization of electronics and sensing devices, advances in low-power wireless communication, and the arrival of energy harvesting have led to the development of ultra-low power wireless communication and sensing devices that are ideally suited for mobile healthcare applications. These devices can be installed in medical facilities and equipment, or worn directly on a patient’s body, allowing for real-time data acquisition, data fusion, reporting, and alerting from a plethora of sources. This allows for an unprecedented level of insight into a patient’s health, with a similarly high level of fidelity of the collected data that in many cases is sufficient to allow biometric identification of
an individual.
With the advent of these new e-Health applications and their associated requirements and constraints, many vital topics of research need to be
explored to provide robustness, security, responsiveness, and longevity of the wireless network and patient health information. This special issue
focuses on the state-of-the-art in wireless networking for e-Health applications, associated technical and regulatory challenges, as well as
exploring deployments and implementations in real-world applications.

The topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:
– Applications of Wireless Networks in e-Health
– Real-World e-Health environments from design to operation – experiences, problems, and insights
– Cross-Layer Design for e-Health applications
– The PHY Layer of WSN, WBAN, and other e-Health Wireless Networks
– MAC and Routing in e-Health Wireless Networks
– Privacy, Security and Trust for e-Health applications
– Biometrics using WBANs and its applications
– Ensuring Energy Efficiency
– Energy Harvesting for low-power wireless networking in e-Health applications
– RF Interference and Coexistence
– Mobility in e-Health applications
– Modeling, Simulation, and Performance Evaluation for e-Health technologies
– Collaborative, Opportunistic, and Cognitive Wireless Technology in e-Health
– Trends, Future Applications and Research Challenges for Wireless Networks in e-Health
– Regulatory Challenges and Commercialization of e-Health solutions
– Data Collection, Data Storage, Data Sharing, and Cloud Services for e-Health
– Analysis of e-Health products for compliance, security, performance

Manuscript Submission
Authors are invited to submit original scientific articles for review. Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication
elsewhere will be considered. Papers should be tutorial in nature to help non-expert readers gain a good understanding of the topic. The papers should also discuss recent advances and future research topics. For further details, please refer to „Submission Guidelines“ in IEEE Wireless
Communications Magazine website at: Authors must follow the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine guidelines for preparation of the manuscript and submit it via Manuscript Central, selecting „Wireless Networking for e-Health Applications“ as the topic.

Submission Schedule
Manuscript Submission: January 11, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: April 1, 2013
Final Manuscripts Due: July 1, 2013
Publication Date: August, 2013

Guest Editors
Hamid Sharif
Director, Advanced Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory University of
Nebraska – Lincoln, USA

Michael Hempel
Associate Director, Advanced Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA

Bernd Blobel
Director, eHealth Competence Center
University of Regensburg Medical Center, Germany

Thomas Michael Bohnert
Director, ICCLab
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Ali Khoynezhad
Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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