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Telemedicine Technologies: Information Technologies in Medicine and Telehealth

Book Description

This book brings together a broad range of topics demonstrating how information and wireless technologies can be used in healthcare

In this book, the authors focus on how medical information can be reliably transmitted through wireless communication networks. It explains how they can be optimized to carry medical information in various situations by utilizing readily available traditional wireless local area network (WLAN) and broadband wireless access (BWA) systems. In addition, the authors discuss consumer healthcare technology, which is becoming more popular as reduction in manufacturing cost of electronics products makes healthcare products more affordable to the general public. Finally, the book explores topics such as communication networks and services, patient monitoring, information processing, system deployment, data security and privacy, information technology in alternative medicine, multimedia and health informatics, and caring for the community.

Key Features:

  • Focuses on the transmission of medical information over wireless communication networks, and addresses topics such as communication networks and services, patient monitoring, information processing, system deployment, data security and privacy, and many others

  • Provides an in-depth introduction to the various factors that need to be considered for supporting healthcare services with information technology

  • Covers advancements in topics such as RFID in healthcare

  • Discusses medical signal processing as well as ECG and signal processing techniques

This book will be of interest to advanced students and professors in biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, and information engineering. Medical and IT professionals involved in specifying new facilities, healthcare practitioners in telemedicine, researchers in wireless communications and information technology, and network administrators will also find this book insightful.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Titlepage
  3. Copyright
  4. List of Figures
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. 1: Introduction
    1. 1.1 Information Technology and Healthcare Professionals
    2. 1.2 Providing Healthcare to Patients
    3. 1.3 Healthcare Informatics Developments
    4. 1.4 Different Definitions of Telemedicine
    5. 1.5 Overview on Telemedicine
    6. 1.6 The Growth of the Internet: Information Flooding in E-Health
    7. References
  9. 2: Communication Networks and Services
    1. 2.1 Wireless Communications Basics
    2. 2.2 Types of Wireless Networks
    3. 2.3 The Outdoor Operating Environment
    4. 2.4 RFID in Telemedicine
    5. References
  10. 3: Wireless Technology in Patient Monitoring
    1. 3.1 Body Area Networks
    2. 3.2 Emergency Rescue
    3. 3.3 Remote Recovery
    4. 3.4 At the Hospital
    5. 3.5 General Health Assessments
    6. References
  11. 4: Technologies in Medical Information Processing
    1. 4.1 Collecting Data from Patients
    2. 4.2 Bio-signal Transmission and Processing
    3. 4.3 Patient Records and Data Mining Applications
    4. 4.4 Knowledge Management for Clinical Applications
    5. 4.5 Electronic Drug Store
    6. References
  12. 5: Wireless Telemedicine System Deployment
    1. 5.1 Planning and Deployment Considerations
    2. 5.2 Scalability to Support Future Growth
    3. 5.3 Integration with Existing IT Infrastructure
    4. 5.4 Evaluating IT Service and Solution Provider
    5. 5.5 Quality Measurement
    6. References
  13. 6: Technologies for Safeguarding Medical Data and Privacy
    1. 6.1 Information Security Overview
    2. 6.2 Cryptography
    3. 6.3 Safeguarding Patient Medical History
    4. 6.4 Anonymous Data Collection and Processing
    5. 6.5 Biometric Security and Identification
    6. References
  14. 7: Information Technology in Alternative Medicine
    1. 7.1 Technology for Natural Healing and Preventive Care
    2. 7.2 Interactive Gaming for Healthcare
    3. 7.3 Consumer Electronics in Healthcare
    4. 7.4 Telehealth in General Healthcare and Fitness
    5. References
  15. 8: Caring for the Community
    1. 8.1 Telecare
    2. 8.2 Safeguarding the Elderly and the Aging Population
    3. 8.3 Telemedicine in Physiotherapy
    4. 8.4 Healthcare Access for Rural Areas
    5. 8.5 Healthcare Technology and the Environment
    6. References
  16. 9: Future Trends in Healthcare Technology
    1. 9.1 Prognostics in Telemedicine
    2. 9.2 The Aging Population: Home Care for the Elderly
    3. 9.3 Clothing Technology and Healthcare
    4. 9.4 Haptic Sensing for Practitioners
    5. 9.5 The Future of Telemedicine and Information Technology for Everyone: From Newborn to Becoming a Medical Professional all the Way Through to Retirement
    6. References
  17. Appendix: Key Features of Major Wireless Network Types
    1. Body Area Network (BAN)
    2. Local Area Network (LAN)
    3. Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
    4. Wide Area Network (WAN)
    5. References
  18. Index