Health 4.0: How Virtualization and Big Data are Revolutionizing Healthcare

  • Christoph Thuemmler
  • Chunxue Bai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Christoph Thuemmler
    Pages 1-22
  3. Alois Paulin
    Pages 39-60
  4. Bruce G. Bender, Henry Chrystyn, Bernard Vrijens
    Pages 61-90
  5. Hubertus Feussner, Daniel Ostler, Michael Kranzfelder, Nils Kohn, Sebastian Koller, Dirk Wilhelm et al.
    Pages 91-107
  6. Chunxue Bai
    Pages 155-185
  7. Swaroop Nunna, Karthikeyan Ganesan
    Pages 187-203
  8. Nikolaos Grigoriadis, Christos Bakirtzis, Christos Politis, Kostas Danas, Christoph Thuemmler, Ai Keow Lim
    Pages 205-218
  9. William Buchanan, Christoph Thuemmler, Grzegorz Spyra, Adrian Smales, Biraj Prajapati
    Pages 219-231
  10. Kashif Saleem, Zhiyuan Tan, William Buchanan
    Pages 233-251
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 253-254

About this book


This book describes how the creation of new digital services—through vertical and horizontal integration of data coming from sensors on top of existing legacy systems—that has already had a major impact on industry is now extending to healthcare. The book describes the fourth industrial revolution (i.e. Health 4.0), which is based on virtualization and service aggregation. It shows how sensors, embedded systems, and cyber-physical systems are fundamentally changing the way industrial processes work, their business models, and how we consume, while also affecting the health and care domains. Chapters describe the technology behind the shift of point of care to point of need and away from hospitals and institutions; how care will be delivered virtually outside hospitals; that services will be tailored to individuals rather than being designed as statistical averages; that data analytics will be used to help patients to manage their chronic conditions with help of smart devices; and that pharmaceuticals will be interactive to help prevent adverse reactions. The topics presented will have an impact on a variety of healthcare stakeholders in a continuously global and hyper-connected world.

·         Presents explanations of emerging topics as they relate to e-health, such as Industry 4.0, Precision Medicine, Mobile Health, 5G, Big Data, and Cyber-physical systems;

·         Provides overviews of technologies in addition to possible application scenarios and market conditions;

·         Features comprehensive demographic and statistic coverage of Health 4.0 presented in a graphical manner.


e-Health Health 4.0 Internet of Things Precision Medicine Mobile Health e-Health and 5G e-Health and Big Data e-Health and Cyber-physical systems m-Health Requirements Engineering in Health 4.0

Editors and affiliations

  • Christoph Thuemmler
    • 1
  • Chunxue Bai
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ComputingEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Zhongshan HopsitalFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-47616-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-47617-9
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