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JOMS 2011 : Journal of Medical Systems -“ Special Issue on Radio Frequency Identification in the healthcare sector: Applications, Business Models, Drivers and Challenges”


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Categories    rfid technology   healthcare sector   applications, business models   drivers and challenges

Call For Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS Journal of Medical Systems

“ Special Issue on Radio Frequency Identification in the healthcare sector: Applications, Business Models, Drivers and Challenges”

Important Dates:

Manuscript submission February 15, 2011
Reviewer reports June 15, 2011
Revised paper submission September 15, 2011
Final manuscript submissions to publisher December 15, 2011

Guest Editor:
Dr Samuel Fosso Wamba
CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional
Academic Co-Founder of RFID Academia, Founder & CEO of
Senior Lecturer
School of Information Systems & Technology (SISAT)
University of Wollongong, Australia

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Special Issue Scope
The healthcare industry is one of the largest industries in many developing countries in terms of expenditures. For example, the United States healthcare expenses estimated at around 5% of the country gross national product (GNP) in 1963 (Middleton 2009), will account for nearly 17% of the GNP in 2011 (Sneha et al. 2009), and will increase to almost 20% of the GNP by 2017 (Wurster et al. 2009). Moreover, the healthcare sector is considered as one of the most complex industries since it involves multiple stakeholders and challenges such as patient safety; the ability to track and trace pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and the flow of products from manufacturers to patients (GS1-Australia 2010); and the pervasive use of error-prone methods in providing critical healthcare services (Bang et al. 2007). In such context, the adoption and effective use of information technology (IT) has been acclaimed as a key enabler of healthcare optimization (Ammenwerth et al. 2003). More recently, radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, a ‘wireless automatic identification and data capture (AIDC)’ technology (p. 615) (Fosso Wamba et al. 2008) has emerged as a new wave of IT that will further the healthcare transformation (Ngai et al. 2009; Ting et al. 2010). Indeed, when compared to traditional AIDC (e.g., bar coding), RFID technology offers more capabilities including no need of the line of sight, unique item-level product identification, multiple tag item product reading, enhanced data storage capability, and data read-and-write capabilities. Furthermore, the successful integration of RFID technology in intra- and inter-organisational business processes and information systems allows business process innovation, real-time data collection and sharing at the supply chain level, and improved decision making. Despite all these high operational and strategic benefits, the rate of adoption and effective use of RFID is still remarkably low, and most impact studies to date mainly focus on the retail sector. For example, a recent review of peer-reviewed papers on RFID technology by (Ngai et al. 2008) found that only 3.6% of the papers were concerned with issues related to the healthcare sector. Therefore, this special issue represents an initial attempt to bridge the existing knowledge gap in the literature by seeking papers dealing with RFID technology adoption, implementation and use in the healthcare sector.

Suggested topics, but are not limited to:

Suggested Topics
-Assessing key challenges and benefits of applying RFID technology for healthcare firm and healthcare supply chain operations management
-Assessing the costs and risks associated with RFID deployment in healthcare organization and healthcare supply chain network levels
-Assessing the security and the privacy issues of RFID applications at the healthcare organization and healthcare supply chain levels
-Enabling innovative healthcare business models using RFID technology
-Enabling patient safety using RFID technology
-Enabling e-Pedigree using RFID technology
-Enabling smart hospitals using RFID technology
-Enabling end-to-end traceability in the healthcare supply chain using RFID technology
-Enabling intelligent management of product safety in the healthcare supply chain using RFID technology
-Engineering healthcare organization and healthcare supply chain using RFID technology
-Estimating the ROI for RFID applications at the healthcare firm and healthcare supply chain levels
-Modeling and simulation of financial, managerial, leadership, and human resources required for RFID-enabled healthcare supply chain projects
-Evaluating RFID-enabled healthcare organizations transformation systems
-Managing RFID-enabled healthcare data

Submission guidelines:

All submissions should be made though Manuscript Central, following the guidelines below:

1. Registering on Manuscript Central
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• Click on 'Register Now'
• Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding

2. Submitting an article to the Journal of Medical Systems on Manuscript Central
• Please log on to JOMS at with your username and password.
• Click on the submit a manuscript link which will take you through to the Manuscript Submission page
• Complete all fields and browse to upload your article to the Special Issue: “RFID in Healthcare Sector”

• To consult the Author Guidelines for this journal, click on the Home Page the link ‘Instructions for Authors’.


Ammenwerth, E., Gräber, S., Herrmann, G., Bürkle, T., and König, J. "Evaluation of health information systems-problems and challenges," International Journal of Medical Informatics (71) 2003, pp 125-135.
Bang, M., and Timpka, T. "Ubiquitous computing to support co-located clinical teams: Using the semiotics of physical objects in system design," International Journal of Medical Informatics (76:Supplement 1) 2007, pp S58-S64.
Fosso Wamba, S., Lefebvre, L.A., Bendavid, Y., and Lefebvre, E. "Exploring the impact of RFID technology and the EPC network on mobile B2B eCommerce: a case study in the retail industry," International Journal of Production Economics (112) 2008, pp 614-629.
GS1-Australia "Healthcare industry."
Middleton, B. "Re-engineering U.S. health care with healthcare information technology- promises and peril," 2009.
Ngai, E.W.T., Moon, K.K.L., Riggins, F.J., and Yi, C.Y. "RFID research: An academic literature review (1995-2005) and future research directions," International Journal of Production Economics (112:2) 2008, pp 510-520.
Ngai, E.W.T., Poon, J.K.L., Suk, F.F.C., and Ng, C.C. "Design of an RFID-based Healthcare Management System Using an Information System Design Theory," Information Systems Frontiers (11:4) 2009, pp 405-417.
Sneha, S., and Varshney, U. "Enabling ubiquitous patient monitoring: Model, decision protocols, opportunities and challenges," Decision Support Systems (46:3) 2009, pp 606-619.
Ting, S., Kwok, S., Tsang, A., and Lee, W. "Critical Elements and Lessons Learnt from the Implementation of an RFID-enabled Healthcare Management System in a Medical Organization," Journal of Medical Systems) 2010.
Wurster, C., Lichtenstein, B.P., Hogeboom, T., and Thielst, C.F. "Strategic, Political, and Cultural Aspects of IT Implementation: Improving the Efficacy of an IT System in a Large Hospital," Journal of Healthcare Management (54:3) 2009, p 191.

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