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Advances in Next-Generation Networking Technologies for Smart Healthcare

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With the advancement of next-generation mobile and wireless networking technologies, “Smart healthcare” and/or “Connected Healthcare“ is getting tremendous attention from the academia, the governments, the industry, and the healthcare community. The next generation mobile and wireless networking technologies such as 5G wireless networks, mobile-edge computing (MEC), software-defined networking (SDN), and cloud radio access networks (Cloud RAN), can play a significant role in the smart healthcare by offering better insight of heterogeneous healthcare media content to support affordable and quality patient care. While researchers have been making advances to the study of next-generation networking and healthcare services individually, a very little attention has been given to make cost-effective and affordable smart healthcare solutions. Connected or smart healthcare has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our society; however, many technical challenges need to be addressed before this potential can be realized. Some of these challenges include how to develop rich and real-time services or applications for smart healthcare solutions by adopting next generation mobile and wireless networking technologies? How can the next-generation networking technologies assist with right patient care at the right time and in the right place? How can networking technologies facilitate healthcare data representation, storage, analysis and integration for effective smart healthcare solutions? The next-generation wireless technology that makes highly connected healthcare environments has the potential to address each of those challenges and can revolutionize the future of connected healthcare services. It is envisioned that the next-generation networking technologies will be the success factor for realizing the true vision of smart healthcare since they will contribute to facilitate resource constrained devices to communicate efficiently, faster data generation and processing as well as for quality data transmission to stakeholders.

This Feature Topic is intended to report high-quality research on recent advances in various aspects of the next-generation networking technologies in healthcare services, more specifically to the state-of-the-art approaches, methodologies, and systems in the design, development, deployment and innovative use of those networking technologies for providing insights into smart healthcare service demands. Authors are solicited to submit complete unpublished papers on the following topics. Topic includes but not restricted to:

  • Cloud RAN for smart healthcare
  • Software-defined wireless networks for smart healthcare
  • Mobile Edge Computing for smart healthcare
  • IoT-Cloud for smart healthcare
  • Wireless technologies for connected medicine
  • Cyber-physical and socially-aware network for smart healthcare
  • Context-aware 5G-supported services for smart healthcare
  • Data security, and privacy for connected healthcare
  • Wearable Internet of Things (WIoT) and 5G access technologies for smart healthcare
  • Innovative communication protocols, algorithms and test beds for 5G-enable connected healthcare


M. Shamim Hossain
King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia          

Changsheng Xu
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China

Ying Li
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Josu Bilbao

Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
University of Ottawa, Canada