New publication pulls together recent research on wearable eHealth systems

Brussels 05 November 2004A new book highlighting the results of recent research projects in the field of eHealth has been published by IOS Press under the title "Wearable eHealth systems for personalised health management, state of the art future challenges". The book contains chapters on several European Union funded projects and an introduction by Rosalie Zobel from the Commission's DG Information Society.

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The book has its background in the first ever international workshop on a new generation of wearable systems for eHealth that took place in Italy in December 2003. The results of various research projects are described under six headings, with an additional chapter on a debate that took place at the Italy event.

The six headings are:

  • User needs, technological concepts and market trends;
  • Worldwide technical overview;
  • Smart wearable monitoring and diagnostic systems;
  • Smart wearable implantable disease management systems;
  • Biomedical clothing;
  • Smart fibres and fabrics: the challenges to wearable health.

The aims of European Union funded eHealth research have broadly been to improve the access, quality and cost efficiency of health care services through innovative information and communications technologies (ICT).

"The health sector faces great challenges that need to be urgently addressed at different levels", writes Rosalie Zobel. "In that respect, ICTs are critical enabling technologies that could improve access, quality and cost efficiency of health care systems."

"Wearable eHealth systems for personalised health management, state of the art future challenges" has been published in 2004 under ISBN 1 58603 449 9, contains 368 pages and costs 129 euro. It is available from IOS Press, Nieuwe Hemweg 6B, 1013 BG Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel.: +31-20-688-3355, Fax: +31-20-620-3419.


Leslie Versweyveld

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