Digital Health

Digital Health

Exploring Use and Integration of Wearables

1st Edition - July 6, 2021

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  • Editors: Alan Godfrey, Sam Stuart
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128189153
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128189146

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Digital Health: Exploring Use and Integration of Wearables is the first book to show how and why engineering theory is used to solve real-world clinical applications, considering the knowledge and lessons gathered during many international projects. This book provides a pragmatic A to Z guide on the design, deployment and use of wearable technologies for laboratory and remote patient assessment, aligning the shared interests of diverse professions to meet with a common goal of translating engineering theory to modern clinical practice. It offers multidisciplinary experiences to guide engineers where no clinically advice and expertise may be available. Entering the domain of wearables in healthcare is notoriously difficult as projects and ideas often fail to deliver due to the lack of clinical understanding, i.e., what do healthcare professionals and patients really need? This book provides engineers and computer scientists with the clinical guidance to ensure their novel work successfully translates to inform real-world clinical diagnosis, treatment and management.

Key Features

  • Presents the first guide for wearable technologies in a multidisciplinary and translational manner
  • Helps engineers design real-world applications to help them better understand theory and drive pragmatic clinical solutions
  • Combines the expertise of engineers and clinicians in one go-to guide, accessible to all


Academic and industrial engineers/researchers/students from multi-disciplinary fields such as biomedical, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1. Kits for wearable sensor systems: exploring software and hardware system design, building guides, and opportunities for clinical rehabilitation
    2. Instrumenting traditional approaches to physical assessment
    3. Lab-on-a-chip: Wearables as a one stop shop for free-living assessments
    4. Wards, rehabilitation and clinic-based wearable devices
    5. Point-of-care technologies (PoCT)
    6. Healing and monitoring of chronic wounds: advances in wearable technologies
    7. Validation, verification and reliability
    8. Big data and data mining for wearable-based mobility analysis
    9. Machine learning for healthcare using wearable sensors
    10. Internet of Things and cloud computing
    11. Frameworks: integration to digital networks and beyond
    12. Telemedicine systems to manage chronic disease
    13. Networks and near field communication: up-close but far away
    14. Ubiquitous computing
    15. Sports medicine: bespoke player management
    16. Wearables for disabled and extreme sports
    17. Reality, from virtual to augmented
    18. Youth applications
    19. Wearables design and development in a shifting public health domain: towards the "fifth wave"
    20. Jewelry and clothing: transforming from decoration to information
    21. The rise of wearables: from innovation to implementation

Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: July 6, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128189153
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128189146

About the Editors

Alan Godfrey

Alan Godfrey is a biomedical engineer and computer scientist, whose academic research focuses on healthcare technology and algorithm development, aiming to advance patient diagnosis, assessment and treatment. His work includes UK and EU projects for remote monitoring with wearables to capture free-living, habitual data in large cohorts. He also hold an MBA, specialising in project management and digital innovation. Dr. Godfrey has published extensively within his field, which has led him to be Editor and Associate Editor for the journals Maturitas and Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, respectively. He is also an International Advisory Board member for Physiological Measurement, a journal for the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, and has led as editor for special issues (thematic series) on each of those three journals. He is a full member of the EPSRC peer review college.

Affiliations and Expertise

Biomedical Engineer and Computer Scientist, Department of Computer and Information Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

Sam Stuart

Dr. Sam Stuart is a physiotherapist and a research Fellow within the Balance Disorders Laboratory, OHSU. His work focuses on vision, cognition and gait in neurological disorders, examining how technology-based interventions influence these factors. He has published extensively in world leading clinical and engineering journals focusing on a broad range of activities such as real-world data analytics, algorithm development for wearable technology and provided expert opinion on technology for concussion assessment for robust player management. He is currently a guest editor for special issues (sports medicine and transcranial direct current stimulation for motor rehabilitation) within Physiological Measurement and Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, respectively.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University, UK Honorary Physiotherapist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Shields, UK

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