Special Issue: PHM for Human Health & Performance II – Effects of Aging

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Submission Deadline June 30, 2020 (extended)

The International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management (IJPHM) is the premier online open access journal related to multidisciplinary research on Prognostics, Diagnostics, and System Health Management.
In recent years, many technologies for assessing performances of older adults have emerged. Wearable sensors, active and passive in-house monitors, and many combinations thereof all promise to provide accurate measures of function and frailty parameters. Motivated by demographic shift (towards older adult population) and driven by market projections and technological innovations in wearables and passive systems, the sensor-based health/performance functional assessment area is growing rapidly and has the potential to transform the future healthcare from disease treatment to disease prevention.

Having its origin in aerospace, predictive health management (PHM) most recently has broken ground in the fields of wearable smart sensors, sensor-data-fusion, machine learning and data mining, prediction and diagnosis, and electronic health records and databases – all in the context of prognostics and health management for human health and performance.
The objective of this Special Issue is to address and disseminate the latest performance monitoring systems as well as various mathematical models/methods characterizing mobility functions. As such, in this special issue we call on those researchers who have used various sensor technologies and methods to assess functional characteristics among varied populations. PHM’s current and envisioned applications are within general healthcare, sports/athletes, theatre, space, and other extreme environments along with how the needs, data stream, and supporting PHM tools, can be better designed, developed, implemented, integrated, verified, and validated to impact smart healthcare. More specifically, biofeedback-controlled devices are looming on the horizon of smart healthcare. These devices integrate wearable sensors, bi-directional data exchange, cloud-based data analysis, health and disease status modeling and prediction, and prescribed intervention/treatment onto human smart service platforms. From an end-user perspective, usability, wearability, and appearance are key design factors. From a technology point of view, high data accuracy and fidelity (i.e., medical-grade data), real-time bi-directional healthcare data streaming, real-time data analysis and understanding, and health status prediction (i.e., PHM) are critical components to create successful biofeedback-based products. Biofeedback-controlled human smart service systems have the potential to improve health and treatment outcome, with a significant savings potential in healthcare costs to patients, health insurers, and economies at large.

This Special Issue focuses on wearable monitoring systems and physical sensors and its mathematical models that can be utilized in varied environments and varied conditions in monitoring health and performance. The Call for Papers solicits articles on the following, but not limited to:
Topics of Interest:

  • Survey papers highlighting existing PHM approaches in human health and performance
  • Evidence of PHM tool/approach deployments and lessons learned in human health and performance
  • Financial impact and burden of deploying PHM in healthcare
  • PHM tools developed for monitoring, diagnostic, and/or prognostic techniques in human health and performance
  • Strategies to increase PHM involvement by stakeholders
  • Evidence of PHM tool/approach deployments to result in or impact healthcare-related costs
  • Proliferation of PHM tools/approaches throughout healthcare organizations and their respective areas of focus
  • Workforce challenges faced during PHM adoption
  • Reconciling PHM tool needs and wants of disparate stakeholder groups in human health and performance
  • PHM Standards vs. PHM guidelines vs. PHM best practices

Submission Deadline June 30, 2020 (extended)

We invite submission in following categories for this issue. Papers can range from 4-8 pages in length. Please refer to submission guidelines & templates.

  • Technical Briefs: Technical briefs describe an instance of a PHM application in human health and performance fields, the resultant impacts, and lessons learned with an emphasis on the successes and challenges of the development process and how it influenced the area/field. IJPHM Technical brief template should be used.
  • Full Length Papers: Full Length Papers provide descriptive accounts of the use of PHM within healthcare environments or actual products. Techniques and apparatus used, results obtained, and lessons learned can be included to share experience with the community. Depending on level of details presented, IJPHM Full paper or Technical Brief template may be used.
  • Survey Papers: Survey papers are of a tutorial or review nature covering PHM tools and approaches or describe the best current practice, detailed characteristics and performance. These papers cover areas of general interest.

Special Issue Editors:
Prof. Dr. Thurmon Lockhart
(School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Arizona State University)
Prof. Dr. Rahul Soangra (Department of Physical Therapy Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering (Affiliate) Chapman University)

Submission Instructions (Submission opens November 2020)
– Prepare a manuscript as per journal guidelines
Create a submission through the website
– Select submission target as “IJPHM”, a dropdown menu will appear to select “Publication Issue”.
– Select “Special Issue Human Health & Performance PHM 2” option
– provide all authors names and other details for the paper including the manuscript.