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Sociotechnology and Pervasive Health 2014 : Double Issue on Sociotechnology and Pervasive Health, International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD)


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Submission Deadline Mar 31, 2014
Notification Due Apr 4, 2014
Final Version Due Apr 30, 2014
Categories    pervasive health   mhealth   sociotechnology   user-centred design

Call For Papers

Double Issue on Sociotechnology and Pervasive Health
International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD)

Guest Editors:
Barbara Rita Barricelli (Human Factors and Technology Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy) and Priya Davda (The Bayswater Institute, United Kingdom)

Technologies for telehealth, telecare and telemedicine have existed for over forty years and have often been presented as heralding a new era of healthcare, one in which patients would not need to travel to see specialists, people could be kept safe in their own homes and there would be less need for expensive in-hospital treatment. Such societal changes would especially regard the improvement the quality of life of people affected by chronic diseases that could benefit by the introduction of mobile technology as pervasive tools for continuous monitoring of health status at a distance by health practitioners and relatives.
Direct involvement of patients and health professionals (medical doctors, nurses, and health care assistants) in the co-design process of pervasive health technologies poses sociotechnical design challenges because of the integration of the contribution of different expertise – different stakeholders with diverse roles in the same domain of application and also diverse degrees of IT literacy.
This double issue of the International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development welcomes papers which present research works aimed at understanding the processes, forces and challenges of the implementation of pervasive healthcare projects with a sociotechnical approach.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Mobile health: technologies, methodologies, case studies
- Internet of Things applied to medical/health/wellness domains
- Telecare, telemedicine, telehealth
- Pervasive health for elderly, children or teenagers
- Self-care, home-care, residential care homes
- Co-design and implementation of scenarios with the involvement of patients and healthcare professionals

Deadline and guidelines:
Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered. Manuscripts for this double issue must be submit before March 16th through the online submission system:
The Journal's guidelines for manuscript submissions are available at:
All papers will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers.

Contacts and links:
For questions, please contact the guest editors: Barbara Rita Barricelli ( or Priya Davda (
IJSKD Web site:

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