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Call for papers - The person-centric approach to digital healthcare

Guest Editors:
Elia Gabarron: Østfold University College, Norway
Octavio Rivera Romero: Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 15 December 2023


BMC Digital Health is calling for submissions to our collection on novel developments on person-centred digital health.

Person-centric healthcare is where the care provided is responsive to both the needs and the values of the individual, the aim of which is to enhance quality of care and, in collaboration with healthcare professionals, empower individuals to actively manage their own health-related needs. Digital health initiatives are often developed with this in mind. 

Over the last 20 years, data and digital technologies have begun to converge with medicines, devices, and diagnostics to create a new market for digital health.

The huge increase in data and powerful methods to process and analyze it provides an exciting opportunity for person care to become more precise, personalized, participative, and convenient. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the demand for digital technologies that can support and deliver healthcare. Such technologies include machine learning, AI, IoT as well as wearables, mobile phone apps and remote monitoring; all of these can put the person in the front seat. 

Meet the Guest Editors

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Elia Gabarron: Østfold University College, Norway

Elia Gabarron is an Associate Professor at Østfold University College, in Norway and a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research. Her background is in Psychology, and she received her PhD in Health Sciences at UiT, the Arctic University of Norway. She has been involved in e-health research for over 15 years, and her academic and research interests are centred around the use of digital technologies, and especially social media for health. She is on the leadership board of the IMIA Social Media Working Group (IMIA-SMWG) and has several publications in this field. Gabarron is also an Editorial Board Member of the journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

Octavio Rivera Romero: Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Octavio Rivera Romero is an Associate Professor at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, and a researcher of the Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería Informática de la Universidad de Sevilla. His main research interests are focused on participatory health informatics, persuasive mHealth, and personalization. Dr. Rivera is member of the Sociedad Española de Informática y Salud (SEIS) since 2018 and of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) since 2016. Currently, he is member of the Research Ethical Committee of the Universidad de Sevilla. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the BMC Digital Health journal.

About the collection

Person-centric healthcare is where the care provided is responsive to both the needs and the values of the individual, the aim of which is to enhance quality of care and, in collaboration with healthcare professionals, empower individuals to actively manage their own health-related needs. Digital health initiatives are often developed with this in mind. 

Over the last 20 years, data and digital technologies have begun to converge with medicines, devices, and diagnostics to create a new market for digital health.

The huge increase in data and powerful methods to process and analyze it provides an exciting opportunity for person care to become more precise, personalized, participative, and convenient. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the demand for digital technologies that can support and deliver healthcare. Such technologies include machine learning, AI, IoT as well as wearables, mobile phone apps and remote monitoring; all of these can put the person in the front seat. 

Person-centred digital health has a number of benefits including easy access to medical records, to healthcare personnel, or to health-related resources. It also empowers people to actively engage with their own healthcare, making it easier for them to find information about their health and possible treatments therefore giving them more control.  Digital health devices can also help healthcare professionals to better understand individual needs and therefore deliver personalized healthcare.

BMC Digital Health is calling for submissions to our collection on novel developments on person-centred digital health. Contributions can include, but are not limited to, advances in digital technologies to empower individuals to monitor and manage their health, and  development, implementation and evaluation of technologies that allow individuals to be more actively involved in healthcare decisions.

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  1. Digital interventions are typically evaluated by their effectiveness and engagement, while the characteristics of patients who perceive them to be attractive have remained poorly understood. This challenges us...

    Authors: Lauri Lukka, Antti Salonen, Maria Vesterinen, Veli-Matti Karhulahti, Satu Palva and J. Matias Palva
    Citation: BMC Digital Health 2023 1:37
  2. This paper explores the extent to which the implementation and evaluation of a collaborative care model of face-to-face service delivery for people with severe mental illness was viable during the first UK loc...

    Authors: Julia Frost, Charley Hobson-Merrett, Linda Gask, Michael Clark, Vanessa Pinfold, Humera Plappert, Siobhan Reilly, John Gibson, Deborah Richards, Rebecca Denyer and Richard Byng
    Citation: BMC Digital Health 2023 1:28

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles and Study Protocols. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select ["The person-centric approach to digital healthcare"] from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.