IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine issues Call for Papers for special issue on 4G Health

London 25 May 2010IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine is organizing a Call for Papers for a special issue on "4G Health: The Long Term Evolution of m-Health". The major advances in mobile health care technologies (m-health) in recent years have created new and innovative opportunities for new health care mechanisms and delivery services. Since the definition and the introduction of this emerging concept in a special issue of the IEEE Transaction on Information Technology in Biomedicine in 2004, it became since then one of the key domains within the e-health and wireless telemedicine bringing together major academic research and industry disciplines worldwide. The submission deadline for the new special issue on 4G Health is October 1, 2010.


The recent emergence of long term evolution (LTE) communications and beyond 3G mobile and networks technologies in recent years and their potential impact on next generation of m-health systems, warrant a new and yet another special call to address the evolution of this domain and the new research challenges and applications within a new paradigm of 4G health. It is expected that the convergence of these emerging communication and network systems around mobile health applications will enable global and cost-effective connectivity solutions that will have powerful impact on the way different health care services are designed delivered in the future. However, the introduction and the integration of these technologies into the m-health domain need to be evaluated and validated in a systematic and detailed way. It is therefore timely to address these issues and challenges in this special section.

The purpose of this call is to assemble original and innovative papers and contributions in the area of emerging future wireless and network technologies for the next generation of m-health systems. The editors welcome especially applications that leverage the new broadband technologies such as WiMAX and other LTE communication systems. The relevant challenges of medical quality of services in different health care domains and novel studies of emerging low power short range communications and localization technologies for assisted living and wearable systems are also encouraged.

The editors invite authors to submit their original papers and contributions addressing - but not limited to - the following topics:

  • Beyond 3G based and long term evolution (LTE) of m-health systems and applications.
  • Emerging wireless broadband and multimedia networks for health care.
  • Next generation of home care and assist living systems.
  • Next generation of low power short communications and localizations for health care.
  • Future advances in wearable systems and body area networks.

Guest editors include:

  • Professor Robert S. H. Istepanian - Professor of Data Communications - Director Mobile Information and Network Technologies Research Centre, Kingston University, London, United Kingdom.
  • Professor Yuan-Ting Zhang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Chinese Academy of Sciences, China - Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine.

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the format of the IEEE Transactions and electronically submitted through the web-based Manuscript Central at When submitting, authors are requested to choose "4G Health; The Long Term Evolution of m-health - Due date: 1 October 2010" in the manuscript type to indicate that the paper is intended for this special issue.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for submission: 1 October, 2010
  • First reviews due: 15 December 2010
  • Revised manuscript due: 1 February 2011
  • Final decision: 1 April 2011
  • Publication: 1 June 2011

More information is available at

Source: Kingston University London

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