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31 October 2020
Environmental Pollutants and Bioavailability
Special Issue Editor(s)
Dr. Ching-Hsien Hsu [Managing Guest Editor],
Chair Professor and Dean, College of Information and Electrical Engineering Department of Computer Science, Asia University, Taiwan
Dr. AmAmir H. Alavi,,
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Prof. He Li,
MEXT Excellent Young Researcher Department of Sciences and Informatics Muroran Institute of Technology
IOT for Healthcare Waste Management
Health care is one of the biggest industry where humongous amount of waste is generated. Healthcare sectors which consist of Small to multispecialty hospitals, nursing homes and clinics, manufacturing plants, research centers etc. generate many type of waste materials. The waste generated from these health based institutions can be differentiated as general, infectious, hazardous and radioactive medical waste materials. Improper management of waste materials leads to environmental risks and problems to general public. Existing waste management system is only collecting all the waste together and putting it in a remote location. This type of activities often effect the environment. Proper segregation and handling of waste materials with technological assistance is very important. Developed countries have many technological advancements implemented in waste management, where as in developing countries proper management of waste is a serious concern.
Internet of Things (IoT) can play a vital role in handling the waste in an appropriate way. With connected sensor devices and planned IoT based environment at all places waste management is possible. By integrating the system, networks and technology providers with IoT based devices intelligent approaches can be developed in smart waste bins. Intelligent Smart bins with proper segregation of waste materials and proper maintenance can be used in the process of waste management mechanism. The traditional way of collecting the waste in health care can expose the workers to toxic infections and injuries. IoT based sensors and actuators can be used in transmitting the data regarding monitoring, handling, reusing, characterizing the waste and managing it accordingly. The implementation of IoT based waste management also requires an in-depth analysis considering the social, environmental, economic, cultural and legal perspective of the issue. Implementing a robust waste management system helps in building an environment free from any types of infections and safer neighborhood.
This special issue addresses various IoT based Waste Management concepts which can be adopted in the healthcare industry, the researchers irrespective of discipline can discuss their ideas and views related to waste management. These discussion of innovative technical ideas are extremely important and plays a big part in the implementation of sustainable waste management practices. The following topics are welcome but not restricted to:
- Current practices in healthcare waste management
- Systematic approach for hospital waste management
- Rise of Internet of Things in waste management
- Deployment of IoT in solid waste management
- Health care waste management in and developed and developing countries
- Resource based investigations on medical waste management
- Implementation of wearable technologies in Healthcare waste management
- Sustainable ways in managing healthcare waste
- Significant contribution of smart technologies to healthcare waste management
- Importance of healthcare waste management in technological aspects
- IoT based robust healthcare waste monitoring system
- IoT technologies for smart dustbins
- Modern approaches in infectious and hazardous waste management system
- Recent trends in waste management in Pharmaceutical industriesIoT based scrap management in healthcare
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