The availability of reliable, high speed, high bandwidth connectivity has grown exponentially over the last ten to fifteen years. Pervasive network connectivity has and will continue to have a dramatic effect on the features, functionality, and types of programs and services people utilize for computing. One aspect of human life that stands to change due to pervasive connectivity is healthcare. In a 2007 article entitled, “Pervasive Healthcare and Wireless Health Monitoring,” author Upkar Varshney explores the current and future state of wireless infrastructures and applications for healthcare. As the author describes, the article dicusses, “pervasive health monitoring, intelligent emergency management system, pervasive healthcare data access, and ubiquitous mobile telemedicine.” (Varshney, 2007)
Varshney’s article is divided into six sections that are summarized in the following list:
- Introduction and review of current state of wireless infrastructure in healthcare
- Requirements of several pervasive healthcare applications
- Example of a specific pervasive healthcare application – wireless health monitoring
- Context-awareness and reliability of wireless health monitoring
- Important potential research topics
From a scholarly perspective, the Varshney article is equivalent to a literature review with forward-looking speculation based on Varshney’s experience as a healthcare information systems researcher. The predictions regarding pervasive healthcare applications and the role of context-awareness and wireless reliability are supported by references from other research articles. (Varshney) As a focused literature review, Varshney’s article is effective. The author provides a thorough review of a robust and varied list of reference articles. The author also provides a useful summary of potential research topics. (Varshney, 2007) The author could improve the quality of the article by including a discussion of security and privacy implications of pervasive wireless connectivity and healthcare. While the author does acknowledge legal, regulatory, and privacy issues as a potential challenge, the discussion is very limited. (Varshney, 2007)
The Varshney article provides an effective and thorough review of the impact and potential benefits of pervasive wireless connectivity for the healthcare industry. The article is a quality review of literature within this field. One important aspect of the subject that the author fails to address is security implications related to ubiquitous connectivity and healthcare applications.
Varshney, U. (2007). Pervasive healthcare and wireless health monitoring. Mob. Netw. Appl., 12(2-3), 113-127.