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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

We cordially invite you to submit your contribution to the second IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI 2014). ICHI 2014 is the premier community forum concerned with the application of computer science principles, information science principles, information technology, and communication technology to address problems in healthcare, public health, and everyday wellness. The conference highlights the most novel technical contributions in computing-oriented health informatics and the related social and ethical implications. ICHI 2014 will feature keynotes, a multi-track technical program including papers, demonstrations, panels, and doctoral consortium.

ICHI 2014 serves as a venue for the discussion of innovative technical contributions highlighting end-to-end applications, systems, and technologies, even if available only in prototype form (e.g., a system is not deployed in production mode and/or evaluation may be performed by giving examples). We strongly encourage authors to submit their original contributions describing their algorithmic contributions, methodological contributions, and well-founded conjectures based on an application-oriented context. A paper does not have to be comprehensive and can focus on a single aspect of design, development, evaluation, or deployment.

Contributions in the realm of social and behavioral issues might include empirical studies of health-related information use and needs, socio-technical studies on the implementation and use of health information technology, studies on health informatics in the context of community impact and implications, studies on public policies on leveraging health informatics infrastructure, among others.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

Specific topics of interest for this conference cover various facets of health informatics research, including but not limited to the following:

1. Information technologies for healthcare delivery and management

  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Consumer health and wellness informatics applications
  • E-commerce in health informatics
  • E-learning for spreading health informatics awareness
  • Economics of health computing (e.g., cost-benefit analysis
  • Health informatics education
  • Healthcare delivery in developing countries
  • Healthcare workflow management
  • Information technologies for alternative medicine
  • Information technologies for healthcare service delivery
  • Information technologies for hospital management
  • Information technologies for the management of patient safety and clinical outcomes
  • Medical compliance automation for patients and institutions
  • Organizational impacts of health information technologies
  • Public health informatics
  • Social studies of health information technologies
  • Technology informatics guiding educational reform
  • Telecare and Telemedicine
  • Virtual conferencing systems for healthcare

2. Health data acquisition and visualization, data analytics, data mining, and machine learning

  • Analytics for clinical care
  • Biomarker discovery and biomedical model development
  • Biomedical data mining
  • Biomedical pattern recognition
  • Cleaning, pre-processing, and ensuring quality and integrity of medical data
  • Continuous monitoring and streaming technologies for healthcare
  • Data analytics for healthcare quality assurance
  • Data model for health information system
  • Disease profiling and personalized treatment
  • Display and visualization of medical data
  • Healthcare workflow mining
  • Intelligent medical devices and sensors
  • Large-scale longitudinal mining of medical records
  • Medical insurance fraud detection
  • Medical signal acquisition, archiving, and communication
  • Medical signal analysis and processing
  • Natural language processing and text mining for biomedical literature, clinical notes, and health consumer texts
  • RFID solutions for healthcare
  • Technologies for capturing and documenting clinical encounter information in electronic systems
  • Virtual and augmented reality for healthcare
  • Virtual patients

3. Healthcare data&knowledge management and decision support

  • Biomedical modeling and simulation
  • Business intelligence and data warehousing for healthcare
  • Cognitive and decision support systems
  • Computational intelligence methodologies for healthcare
  • Computational support for patient-centered and evidence-based care
  • Computer support for surgical intervention
  • Computer-aided diagnosis
  • Disease diagnostic models
  • Disease prognostic models
  • Epidemiological modeling
  • Health risk evaluation and modeling
  • Healthcare knowledge abstraction, classification, and summarization
  • Healthcare knowledge computerization, execution, inference, management, and representation
  • Medical data management
  • Medical recommender systems
  • Operations research methods for healthcare
  • Optimization models for planning and recommending therapies
  • Personalized predictive modeling for clinical management (e.g., cancer, trauma, diabetes mellitus, sleep disorders, substance abuse)
  • Physiological modeling
  • Semantic Web, linked data, ontology, and healthcare
  • Statistics and quality of medical data
  • Survival analysis and health hazard evaluations
  • Visual analytics for healthcare

4. Health information systems

  • Acceptance testing for healthcare systems and applications
  • Applications in electronic health records
  • Clinical information systems
  • Cloud computing and big data for healthcare
  • Consumer and clinician health information needs, seeking, sharing, and use
  • Database design for health information systems
  • Development and implementation of medical data and vocabulary standards
  • E-visit system
  • Evaluation of health information systems
  • Experiences of building health information systems
  • Health digital library
  • Health information systems for chronic disease management
  • Health IT project management
  • Health software architecture, framework, design, and engineering
  • Health systems simulation
  • High-performance computing for healthcare
  • Information retrieval for health applications
  • Intelligent personal health records
  • Issues involving interoperability and data representation in healthcare delivery
  • Keyword and multifaceted search over structured electronic health records
  • Multi-agent systems for healthcare
  • Open-source software for healthcare
  • Pharmaco- and pharmacy informatics systems
  • Privacy in healthcare
  • Security in healthcare
  • System integration for healthcare
  • System software for clinical studies and translational research
  • Trustworthy and secure infrastructures for health information systems

5. Healthcare communication networks and environments

  • Assistive and adaptive ubiquitous computing technologies for healthcare
  • Collaboration technologies for healthcare
  • Computer games for healthcare
  • E-communities, social networks, and social media for patients and caregivers
  • Health portals
  • Healthcare communication system performance and adaptability
  • Peer-to-peer networks for healthcare
  • Sensor networks and systems for pervasive healthcare
  • Social media analysis and mining for healthcare applications

6. Interactions with health information technologies

  • Accessibility and Web-enabled technologies for healthcare
  • Affective computing for healthcare
  • Automated generation of textual document and multimedia content for healthcare
  • Biological effects of medical devices
  • Bio-surveillance
  • Communication interventions between patients and care providers
  • Consumer health literacy, numeracy, and graphicacy
  • Human factors (ergonomics) in health information systems
  • Medical biometrics
  • Medical robotics
  • Physiological computing (e.g., brain computer interface)
  • Speech, gesture, and handwriting acquisition and recognition for healthcare
  • Usability studies in healthcare
  • User-interface design for medical devices and health software

SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION

The conference will accept both regular and short papers. Regular papers (7-10 pages in length) will describe more mature ideas, where a substantial amount of implementation, experimentation, or data collection and analysis will be described. Short papers (1-6 pages) can be less formal and will describe innovative ideas where a less degree of validation and implementation have occurred. Conference content will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

ICHI 2014 has three tracks: analytics, systems, and human factors.

  • The analytics track focuses on data analysis.
  • The systems track focuses on building health informatics systems (e.g., architecture, framework, design, engineering, and application).
  • The human factors track focuses on understanding users or context, interface design, and user studies of health informatics applications.

When submitting a paper, the authors must select a track and three or more topics that they regard as the most appropriate one for their paper. The topics listed above are not limited to any particular track. For example, a paper on information technologies for healthcare delivery can be assigned to the systems track or human factors track depending on the focus of the research work. Before the review process starts, the PC co-chairs will check each paper and make adjustment if necessary to ensure the submission will be reviewed in the correct track.

A subset of highly-ranked papers will have oral presentation slots. The other accepted papers, which are not selected for oral presentation, will be presented as posters. The conference organizers will work on ensuring that poster sessions are well attended and have a vibrant discussion environment.

Submitted papers must not have appeared in, or be under consideration for, another conference, workshop, journal, or other target of publication.

All aspects of the submission and notification process will be handled electronically. Submissions must adhere to the following formatting instructions:

Papers must adhere to the IEEE Proceedings Format available for LaTex and Word. Changing the template’s font size, margins, inter-column spacing, or line spacing is prohibited. Each paper must be submitted as a single PDF file, formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

The length of submission depends on the type of submission:

  • Regular papers must be 7-10 pages long.
  • Short papers may be at most 6 pages long.

Papers should be submitted electronically via the EasyChair system at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ichi2014

REVIEWING

Each contribution will be carefully evaluated by a group of reviewers, including experts with multidisciplinary experience spanning computing, information science, social and behavioral sciences, public health, medicine, and nursing as appropriate, to ensure that proper and comprehensive peer-review analysis and feedback can be provided to authors. Submissions will be judged on validity, originality, technical strength, practical and clinical significance, quality of presentation, and relevance to the conference topics.

Because of ICHI’s multidisciplinary nature, the review process will include at least a computing expert and a health expert as well as a review editor to reconcile the evaluation, making a single recommendation to the Program Committee Co-Chairs. This process is designed to ensure that experts from multiple areas can assess the importance and validity of the work.

ICHI uses blind reviewing, and therefore ICHI submissions should have the names and affiliations of authors listed on the paper.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Abstract submission deadline: March 4 March 14 March 26, 2014 11:59pm EST
  • Paper submission deadline: March 20 March 26, 2014 11:59pm EST
  • Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2014 11:59pm EST
  • Camera-ready copy due: June 17, 2014 11:59pm EST
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