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IAWT 2016 : Impact of 5G and Advanced Wireless Technologies on the eHealthcare Services and Applications


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Submission Deadline Aug 19, 2016
Notification Due Nov 11, 2016

Call For Papers

Call for Papers

Special Issue on the "Impact of 5G and Advanced Wireless Technologies on the eHealth Care Services and Applications"
International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications (Indexed in Web of Science)


In the recent years, we have seen an explosive growth of research works that question, analyze, and suggest solutions to the future growth of mobile telecommunications. 5G (5th Generation Mobile Networks or 5th Generation Wireless Systems) is understood as the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond 4G and currently available other standards. Today, some eHealth (eH) care services use the mobile and wireless technologies to some extent but our question is what will be the real impact of 5G and other advanced wireless technologies on the eHealthcare services and applications? It is said that some of the core goals of 5G are to allow smooth functioning of applications that require high speed, better coverage, reduced latency, better spectral efficiency, and supporting bandwidth-intensive and time-sensitive multimedia. While all these advancements that are expected to be beneficial for improvement of the eHealthcare sector, some researchers opine that the direct impact of 5G in eH would be more focused on how to handle disconnections, maintaining security of communications, reliable communications over the Internet of Things (IoT), integration and smooth functioning with other parallel technologies, and so on. This is because, to offer dependable eHealthcare services, for instance, to perform a remote surgery or to diagnose a disease correctly, real-time human interaction would be needed in most of the cases and just increasing speed of communication or spectral efficiency or latency would not solve the dependability issue. In essence, no greater data speed or coverage or improved latency in the mobile telecommunication would be needed than what is required as the minimum and sufficient configuration for any such scenario; however, flawless and secured service would be essential. Considering these issues, in this special issue, we would like to invite papers on the innovative services and technologies for eHealthcare field which are based on 5G and other advanced wireless technologies. We believe that this is a timely question to raise as we have seen lots of recent works on the related areas: 5G, wireless technologies and standards, and eHealthcare. It could indeed attract a good number of researchers and practitioners. The target audience would be quite large.

Any topic related to 5G technologies and advanced wireless technologies in eHealthcare services and applications will be considered. Both original research and review papers on the issues are welcome.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

- High confidence mobile telecommunications for eHealth (eH) care
- Medical data protection in the 5G era
- Multimedia streaming in the context of 5GeH
- Reliability and dependability issues of 5GeH
- eHealthcare services in extreme and dynamic environments
- Convergence of services with 5GeH
- 5G based eH services for sports events
- eHealthcare coverage in the sea for sailors and in the deep sea
- Advanced wireless sensor technologies in eH
- Anytime, anywhere services via advanced wireless technologies
- Body area sensor networks in eH
- Security and privacy in 5G-based telehealth-care applications
- Medical service handoff/switching among heterogeneous 5G networks (such as cellular/milliwave)
- Real-time medical data transmission in 5G networks
- 5G spectrum allocation and management for medical data QoS support
- Remote medical diagnosis and surgery via 5G networks

Authors can submit their manuscripts via the Manuscript Tracking System at

Manuscript Due Friday, 19 August 2016
First Round of Reviews Friday, 11 November 2016
Publication Date Friday, 6 January 2017

Lead Guest Editor

Al-Sakib Khan Pathan, Southeast University, Bangladesh and Islamic University in Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Guest Editors

Kashif Saleem, CoEIA, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Zubair M. Fadlullah, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

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