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International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices


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International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices (3 papers in press)


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  • EPR Data Hiding in MRI Head Volumes for Telemedicine Using Rectangular Box Embedding Method   Order a copy of this article
    by Kalaiselvi Thiruvenkadam, Vijayalakshmi S, Somasundaram K 
    Abstract: Mapping of electronic patient report (EPR) text file to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) volumes increases burden to diagnosis over telemedicine. In this paper, we propose a high capacity, robust technique to select slices of interest (SOI) from a MRI volume that to embed EPR and transfer on a network. Embedding EPR along with selected slices is used to removal of mapping procedure at the receiver end. Initially brain extraction algorithm (BEA) is used to focus the region and ease of pathology detection in the slices. Then the embedding scheme uses the technique of rectangular box mapping (RBM) where it takes care of sensitive part of medical image. EPR data is encrypted and embedded for security purpose. Experimental results on security and robustness have been tested against various images. The proposed method can store longer EPR string along with better authenticity and confidentiality properties while satisfying all the requirements of medical data transfer and has achieved 51% reduction in bit rate than the traditional methods.
    Keywords: magnetic resonance images; head scans; biomedical imaging; data communication; EPR hiding; telemedicine; brain extraction algorithm; rectangular box mapping; RBM; slices of interest; SOI; region of interest; ROI.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJTMCP.2017.10009248

Special Issue on: WIS 2016 Well-being Ecosystems

  • Towards improving shift leaders information management in intensive care units developing and testing a model for a managerial information system   Order a copy of this article
    by Laura-Maria Peltonen, Helja Lundgren-Laine, Sanna Salantera 
    Abstract: Intensive care unit (ICU) shift leaders expend much effort to seek important information as it is scattered and must be collected manually. The aims of this study were 1) to explore ICU shift leaders information management and 2) to test a model of a management information system, which was developed based on the shift leaders needs. Data were collected with a survey (n = 20) and interviews (n = 15) to explore the shift leaders information needs and the sources of important information. Based on these findings, a model for a management information system was developed and tested with six informants. Data were collected in Finland and in New Zealand. The findings showed that the shift leaders wanted an information system that can be used as a tool which provides a real-time overview of the units situation and available resources, and which can be used for planning, resource allocation and communicating information.
    Keywords: information management; information system development; intensive care; management information system; nursing; shift leader.

  • Senior Citizens Perceived Health Self-Efficacy and Information Barriers   Order a copy of this article
    by Ágústa Pálsdóttir, Sigriður Björk Einarsdóttir 
    Abstract: The perceived health self-efficacy beliefs and perceived information barriers, among people aged 60 years and older, were examined. The data was gathered by a questionnaire survey in 2012. Total number of participants was 176. The self-efficacy beliefs were measured by the Perceived Health Competence Scale (PHCS). A scale of 13 statements was used to measure information. Difference across the age groups, as well as the effects of sex and education were examined. The results indicate that seniors with primary education need support to enhance their self-efficacy beliefs. Seniors with secondary or university education have a positive view on their abilities to control their own health, but experience information barriers that can impact their options to enhance their knowledge of healthy behaviour.
    Keywords: health literacy; health self-efficacy; information barriers; media and health information literacy; senior citizens.