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Revolutionizing mHealth through next generation communication technologies

This special issue presents innovative solutions and recent advances in the domain of mHealth systems and pervasive applications. The main focus lies on the different communication and networking aspects of an IoT-based mHealth ecosystem, spanning from the efficient data collection and processing to the data delivery to the medical personnel.

The growing number of smart wireless devices and the rapid advances in information and communication technologies are bringing a revolution in the domain of medical care, promising a novel paradigm for ubiquitous, connected and flexible healthcare delivery with reduced costs and enhanced quality, referred to by the term mobile health (mHealth). In the new era of connectivity, marked by the deployment of 5G wireless networks, the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) concept will be a catalysing force in creating a smart and interconnected mHealth ecosystem, forming a bridge between patients and healthcare providers and empowering people to play an active role in the management of their own health.

The synergy of different technologies is the key to the successful development of mHealth systems and pervasive healthcare applications. At the patient’s side, wireless body area networks (WBANs) are deployed, with multiple challenges at the Physical (PHY) and Medium Access Control (MAC) layers due to stringent constraints that include, among others, ultra-low power consumption, low latency and guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS). Furthermore, the development of advanced processing techniques (e.g., compressed sensing and network coding) for enhanced energy efficiency and reliability, along with the integration of WBANs into Machine-to-Machine communication networks to ensure end-to-end connectivity, raise new challenges and open interesting research lines. Finally, the transformation of the healthcare delivery paradigm is further leveraged by the use of disruptive technologies, such as cloud-based solutions for processing and storage both centrally and towards the edge of the network (fog computing), Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based architectures and big data analytics.

In this context, this special issue aims to collect original papers with innovative solutions in the domain of mHealth, as well as comprehensive overviews in this field, highlighting the different communication and networking aspects of an IoT-based ecosystem, proposing innovative technologies and architectures and identifying the design challenges to ensure efficient end-to-end healthcare solutions.

Edited by: Elli Kartsakli, Marco di Renzo, Angelos Antonopoulos, Hsi-Pin Ma, Nelson Fonseca


  1. Research

    On the human body communications: wake-up receiver design and channel characterization

    By modulating the electric field induced to a human body, it is possible to transfer data wirelessly using the body as a transmission medium. This method is referred to as human body communication (HBC), which...

    Juha Petäjäjärvi, Konstantin Mikhaylov, Risto Vuohtoniemi, Heikki Karvonen and Jari Iinatti

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2016 2016:179

    Published on: 3 August 2016

  2. Research

    Modeling induction and routing to monitor hospitalized patients in multi-hop mobility-aware body area sensor networks

    In wireless body area sensor networks (WBASNs), energy efficiency is an area of extreme significance. At first, we present a mathematical model for a non-invasive inductive link which is used to recharge the b...

    Nadeem Javaid, Ashfaq Ahmad, Anum Tauqir, Muhammad Imran, Mohsen Guizani, Zahoor Ali Khan and Umar Qasim

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2016 2016:147

    Published on: 13 June 2016

  3. Research

    A token-based dynamic scheduled MAC protocol for health monitoring

    Developments of wireless body area networks (WBANs) facilitate the pervasive health monitoring with mHealth applications. WBANs can support continuous health monitoring for the human body in convenience and hi...

    Xiaoming Yuan, Changle Li, Li Yang, Wenwei Yue, Beibei Zhang and Sana Ullah

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2016 2016:125

    Published on: 4 May 2016

  4. Research

    An efficient MAC-based scheme against pollution attacks in XOR network coding-enabled WBANs for remote patient monitoring systems

    Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) play a pivotal role to remote patient monitoring which is one of the main applications of m-Health. However, WBANs comprise a subset of wireless sensor networks (WSNs), and ...

    Alireza Esfahani, Georgios Mantas, Hélio Silva, Jonathan Rodriguez and Jose Carlos Neves

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2016 2016:113

    Published on: 22 April 2016

  5. Research

    A proposal for bio-synchronized transmission of EEG/ERP data

    Acquisition of event-related potentials (ERPs) requires a nearly perfect synchronization between the stimulus player and the EEG acquisition unit that clinical systems implement at hardware level by means of a...

    M. A. Lopez-Gordo, P. Padilla and F. Pelayo Valle

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2016 2016:54

    Published on: 19 February 2016