The use of mobile devices is growing in the different daily activities, and its use started in young people, but elderly people is now using this type of devices. Technological equipment are widely improving and they include different sensors, which can acquire different physical and physiological data. The development of these systems is included in the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) technologies for wellbeing. The e-Health and m-Health solutions may not act only in the treatment and monitoring stages of different diseases, but it can act as preventive, promoting healthy lifestyles with the equipment that causes bad habits. These solutions can cooperate between them, health the people to live better, but the most important subject is the healthcare that will not start only at the hospital, but it starts in the home.
Telehealth and telemedicine refer to the use of telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver health care. In the present, technological development transformed healthcare. Systems evolution including data analytics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, increased connecting and use of health-related mobile allowed this transformation. Recently, telemedicine developed due to the increasing availability of systems and access but also growing demand of solutions during COVID-19 pandemic. Recent trends change health care monitoring and recovery from the healthcare institutions to a patient-centered care delivered at home. Additionally, patient empowerment is a focal point in healthcare evolution, to allow patients to manage their health and adapt to chronic diseases. Technological advancements play a central role in the promotion of patient empowerment by providing access and remote support that might contribute to overcome challenges of geographic location and promote equal access to healthcare.
Databases, networking, graphical interfaces, data mining, machine learning, intelligent decision support systems and specialized programming languages are just a few of the technologies and research areas currently contributing to medical informatics. The motivation of this special session is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of ICT to healthcare and medicine in general and to the support of persons with special needs. The development of this solutions for medical purposes should be validated according to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the privacy of the data is important. Another accepted research studies may be related to the security and privacy of the information for its acceptance.
In the case of medical rehabilitation and assistive technology, research in applications of ICT have contributed greatly to the enhancement of quality of life and full integration of all citizens into society. The use of Cloud computing and network connections, exploits the exchange of the information and improvement of this systems in the different fields, including the healthcare and traffic management. These developments should be closely performed with the participation of healthcare professionals. There are different solutions currently under development related to this field and, as it contributes to improve the quality of life, it can interact in the development of technologies for social help. It is a multidisciplinary and wide subject for the wellbeing. The authors from all fields working these subjects are encouraged to submit a paper presenting their recent work, or a scientific discussion on the topic.