e-Health Systems

e-Health Systems

Theory and Technical Applications

1st Edition - July 21, 2016

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  • Authors: Joel Rodrigues, Sandra Sendra Compte, Isabel Díez
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785480911
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081012055

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e-Health Systems: Theory, Advances and Technical Applications offers a global vision of all the parties involved with e-health system deployment and its operation process, presenting the state of the art in major trends for improving healthcare quality and efficiency of healthcare management. The authors focus on ICT technologies and solutions for health management and healthcare applications, specifically emerging ICT to help reduce costs and improve healthcare quality, and healthcare trends in consumer empowerment and information-rich "Smart Care", with ubiquitous care access from anywhere, at any time, by any authorized person(s) when needed. Split into two parts, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of e-health and delves into the processes carried out to store information, as well as the standards that are used; the authors explore applications and implementation of e-health systems, explaining in depth the types of wireless networks and security protocols employed to convert these systems into robust solutions avoiding any kind of data corruption and vulnerabilities.

Key Features

  • Presents e-Health from implementation at the physical level, to the communication level between different systems and sensors
  • Considers all process security methods and the most relevant related standards
  • Suitable for students, academics, researchers, and professionals involved in applications to improve health management and eHealth systems


Students, academics, researchers and professionals in the fields of the development, implementation, and evaluation of telemedical and eHealth systems, medical personnel, ICT applied to health technologies

Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Introduction
      • I.1 E-Health overview
      • I.2 E-Health evolution
      • I.3 Importance of new technologies for healthcare
      • I.4 Structure of the book
    • Part 1: Electronic Health Records: Standards and Other Initiatives
      • 1: Electronic Medical Records and Their Standards
        • Abstract
        • 1.1 Introduction
        • 1.2 Standards for EHRs
      • 2: Health Level 7
        • Abstract
        • 2.1 Introduction
        • 2.2 The background to HL7
        • 2.3 Goals and objectives of HL7
        • 2.4 HL7 format
        • 2.5 Overview of the standards
        • 2.6 Basic HL7 transactions model
        • 2.7 HL7 functional model
      • 3: Clinical Document Architecture
        • Abstract
        • 3.1 Introduction
        • 3.2 Aims and objectives of CDA
        • 3.3 Levels of CDA
        • 3.4 CDA identifiers
        • 3.5 Design of a CDA document
        • 3.6 HL7 v3.0 data types
      • 4: Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine
        • Abstract
        • 4.1 Introduction
        • 4.2 DICOM objectives
        • 4.3 DICOM and other standards
        • 4.4 Relation between DICOM standard parts
        • 4.5 Parts of the DICOM standard
      • 5: Other Standardization Initiatives
        • Abstract
        • 5.1 Introduction
        • 5.2 International Organization for Standardization/TC 215
        • 5.3 European Committee for Standardization/Technical Committee (CEN/TC) 251
        • 5.4 Common object request broker architecture
        • 5.5 Good European Health Record
        • 5.6 Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
        • 5.7 Open EHR
        • 5.8 Security standards in EHRs
        • 5.9 CEN ENV 13608-1:2000: security for healthcare communication
    • Part 2: Emerging e-Health Technologies and Applications
      • 6: Body Area Networks
        • Abstract
        • 6.1 Introduction
        • 6.2 Wireless technology used for sensor communication
        • 6.3 What is a sensor?
        • 6.4 Wireless body area networks
        • 6.5 WSNs, BANs, wearable sensors and deployment for e-Health, disabled and elderly people
        • 6.6 The alternative: using smartphones to deploy WBANs
      • 7: Mobile Health Technologies and Applications
        • Abstract
        • 7.1 Introduction
        • 7.2 Mobile health: an overview
        • 7.3 Study and analysis of current m-Health applications
        • 7.4 Conclusions
      • 8: Mobile Computing in Medicine: Case Studies
        • Abstract
        • 8.1 Introduction
        • 8.2 M-Health applications
        • 8.3 A case study in cardiology
        • 8.4 Conclusions
      • 9: Ambient Assisted Living
        • Abstract
        • 9.1 Introduction
        • 9.2 Areas of application
        • 9.3 Key applications
        • 9.4 Conclusion
      • 10: Social Networks on Healthcare
        • Abstract
        • 10.1 Introduction
        • 10.2 Examples of social networks for different diseases
        • 10.3 Conclusions
      • 11: Cloud Computing on e-Health
        • Abstract
        • 11.1 Introduction
        • 11.2 Cloud computing
        • 11.3 Cloud computing and e-Health systems
        • 11.4 Conclusions
      • 12: Security and Privacy in e-Health Applications over the Cloud
        • Abstract
        • 12.1 Introduction
        • 12.2 Privacy and security in e-Health
        • 12.3 Cloud security in e-Health
        • 12.4 A secure authentication mechanism for e-Health cloud services
        • 12.5 Conclusions
    • Bibliography
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2016
  • Published: July 21, 2016
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785480911
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081012055

About the Authors

Joel Rodrigues

Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues is a professor in the Department of Informatics of the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal, and senior researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal. He received the Academic Title of Aggregated Professor from the University of Beira Interior, the Habilitation in computer science and engineering from the University of Haute Alsace, France, a PhD degree in informatics engineering, an MSc degree from the University of Beira Interior, and a BSc degree in informatics engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His main research interests include e-health, sensor networks, IoT, vehicular delay-tolerant networks, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. He is the leader of NetGNA Research Group, the President of the scientific council at ParkUrbis – Covilhã Science and Technology Park, the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on eHealth, Member Representative of the IEEE Communications Society on the IEEE Biometrics Council, and officer of the IEEE 1907.1 standard.

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Ceará, Brazil Nacional Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil

Sandra Sendra Compte

Sandra Sendra Compte received her degree of Technical Engineering in Telecommunications in 2007. She received her M.Sc. of Electronic Systems Engineering in 2009 and her Ph.D. in electronic engineering (Dr. Ing.) in 2013. Currently she is working as a researcher for "Communications and Netwoks" at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She is editor-in-chief of the international journal "WSEAS Transaction on Communications" since 2012. Her research interests include saving energy techniques in electronic circuits, sensor deployment, health systems for patient monitoring, WSN, UWSN and the application of these technologies for environmental monitoring.

Affiliations and Expertise

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Isabel Díez

Isabel de la Torre Díez received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the University of Valladolid, Spain, in 2003 and 2010, respectively. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Signal Theory, Communications and Telematics Engineering at the University of Valladolid, Spain. Her teaching and research interests includes development of Telemedicine applications, e-health, m-health, EHRs (Electronic Health Records), EHR standards, biosensors, and e-services. She is leader of GTe Research Group and a member of the research group SI (Information Society), GIR (Recognized Research Group) of the Engineering and Technology Area of the University of Valladolid. She has participated in 32 funded European, national and regional research projects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, University of Valladolid, Spain

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