Pervasive Health Conference - Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Venue: Salzburg

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Event Date/Time: Mar 22, 2006 End Date/Time: Mar 24, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Nov 11, 2005
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Description

Pervasive healthcare is emerging both as a solution to many existing healthcare problems such as significant number of medical errors, considerable stress on healthcare providers, and partial coverage of healthcare services in rural and underserved areas worldwide, and as an opportunity to provide better healthcare services to an increasing number of people using limited financial and human resources. Pervasive healthcare can be defined as healthcare to anyone, anytime, and anywhere by removing locational, time and other restraints while increasing both the coverage and quality of healthcare.

The broad definition includes prevention, healthcare maintenance and checkups, short-term monitoring (or home healthcare monitoring), long-term monitoring (nursing home), personalized healthcare monitoring, incidence detection and management, and, emergency intervention, transportation and treatment. With increasing cost of healthcare services and an exponential increase in the number of seniors and retirees in developed countries have created several major challenges for policy makers, healthcare providers, hospitals, insurance companies and patients. Pervasive healthcare is considered a solution to many of these problems as well as a possible future of healthcare services.

To make the vision of pervasive healthcare a reality, there are many serious challenges that must be addressed including lack of comprehensive coverage of wireless and mobile networks, reliability of wireless infrastructure, general limitations of hand-held devices, medical usability of sensors and mobile devices, interference with other medical devices, privacy and security, payment and many management issues in pervasive healthcare. In the proposed conference, most of the challenges in pervasive healthcare can be covered in three main areas: mobile and wireless technologies for pervasive healthcare, medical aspects of pervasive healthcare, and management of pervasive healthcare.

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