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Smart Health: A Context-Aware Health Paradigm within Smart Cities

Solanas, AS ; Patsakis, CP ; Conti, MC ; Viachos, IV ; Ramos, VR ; Falcone, FF ; Postolache, O. ; Perez Martinez, P A ; Di Pietro, RP ; Martinez Balleste, AM

IEEE Communications Magazine Vol. 1, Nº 8, pp. 74 - 81, August, 2014.

ISSN (print): 0163-6804
ISSN (online): 0163-6804

Journal Impact Factor: 4,007 (in 2014)

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The new era of mobile health ushered in by
the wide adoption of ubiquitous computing and
mobile communications has brought opportunities
for governments and companies to rethink
their concept of healthcare. Simultaneously, the
worldwide urbanization process represents a
formidable challenge and attracts attention
toward cities that are expected to gather higher
populations and provide citizens with services in
an efficient and human manner. These two
trends have led to the appearance of mobile
health and smart cities. In this article we introduce
the new concept of smart health, which is
the context-aware complement of mobile health
within smart cities. We provide an overview of
the main fields of knowledge that are involved in
the process of building this new concept. Additionally,
we discuss the main challenges and
opportunities that s-Health would imply and
provide a common ground for further research