Robert. S. H. Istepanian (Kingston University, UK)
Swamy Laxminarayan (Idaho State University, USA)
The last few years has witnessed rapid development of wireless communication networks and especially on the research efforts on the Fourth Generation (4G) mobiles.
This surge of interest in the 4G networks systems that are expected to be launched within the next decade is due to the fundamental change that such network will present in the re-shaping the current mobile communication systems. The major reasons for this interest, follows the major features of 4G Networks that can be summarised as follows:
- High usability; any time, anywhere and with any technology
- Support for high speed multimedia services at low transmission cost
- Personalised services and Integrated applications
However, whilst there remains major research challenges in the implementation issues of the system, in the mobile station, heterogeneous systems and services levels in the 4G research domain. These are currently being addressed by the research in mobile communications community. However, still remains no clear vision or research strategy is yet developed for a research framework from the healthcare perspective.
The aim of this workshop is to bring a number of leading industrial, academic and healthcare experts to address the relevant issues and future challenges from the 4G healthcare prespective.