Call for Papers

General Chairs
Zhiyong Lu, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
Chris Yang, Drexel University, USA

Program Committee Co-Chairs
Analytics: Neil Smalheiser, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Human Factors: Yunan Chen, University of California, Irvine, USA
Systems: Hongfang Liu, Mayo Clinic, USA

We cordially invite you to submit your contribution to the Seventh IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI 2019). ICHI 2019 is a premier community forum concerned with the application of computer science, information science, data science, and informatics principles, as well as information technology, and communication science and technology to address problems and support research in healthcare, medicine, life science, public health, and everyday wellness. The conference highlights the most novel technical contributions to stakeholder-centered technology innovation for benefiting human health and the related social and ethical implications.

The theme of ICHI 2019 is AI in Healthcare. ICHI 2019 will feature keynotes, a multi-track technical program including papers, posters, panels, workshops, tutorials, an industrial track, and a doctoral consortium.

ICHI 2019 serves as a venue for the discussion of innovative technologies and implementation science, highlighting end-to-end applications, systems, and technologies, even if available only in prototype form. We strongly encourage authors to submit their original contributions describing their algorithmic, methodological or empirical contributions, and theories relevant to the broader context of health informatics. Submissions can focus on one or more specific aspects of theory, design, development, evaluation, or deployment.

ICHI 2019 has three tracks for paper and poster submissions: analytics, human factors, and systems (a more detailed description of each of the tracks can be found below):

Analytics track: In the Analytics track, we invite submission of papers and posters on novel methods for exploring and analyzing healthcare data such as biomedical pattern recognition, biomarker discovery, disease profiling and personalized treatment, natural language processing and text mining, recommender systems, clinical phenotyping, visual analytics, and epidemiological modeling. Submissions may also report studies on data quality assurance, data cleaning, pre-processing, and ensuring quality and integrity of healthcare data. As large amounts of data become available in healthcare, we anticipate research submissions that address big data related topics (e.g. distribution and parallelization of data analytics in healthcare, large scale textual and graph data analytics, optimization of data analytics techniques, and novel statistical approaches to big data analytics in healthcare). Additionally, we encourage submission on privacy and security in sharing healthcare data as well as evaluation and validation of methods in healthcare data analytics.

Human Factors track: Contributions in the realm of Human Factors 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, descriptions of innovative user-centered design solutions, and studies of public policy on leveraging health informatics infrastructures. Paper and poster submissions might report studies of user requirements, user-centered designs, or evaluations for use by professionals or members of the public, in hospitals, other care environments, or in the community (e.g., people's homes). A broad range of interactive health technologies are of interest, including the human factors of information technology for healthcare delivery and management; interactive visualizations of health data; user interactions with decision-support systems; human factors for electronic health records and other types of clinical applications; interaction design for wearable and ubiquitous health technologies; and the interaction design of novel multimodal health devices.

Systems track: The Systems track welcomes submissions related to the design, development, deployment, and evaluation of high-performing privacy-preserving and secure software or hardware systems. The goals of these systems can be for improving healthcare efficiency, data quality, patient safety, infrastructure sustainability, care continuity, and cost containment outcomes. The Systems track also welcomes submissions on studies of consumer-facing applications that educate, engage, and empower patients or the general public to promote health and wellbeing; public health and population health informatics applications that monitor and control disease epidemic and address health issues at the population level; global health informatics research that focuses on disseminating innovations to developing economies; and research informatics innovations that enable or facilitate the conduct of basic science and clinical and translational research, especially in patient care settings towards learning health systems. Studies involving rigorous evaluation components are particularly encouraged, as well as studies describing innovative designs to address deficiencies or known unintended adverse consequences, such as disrupted workflow, diminished efficiency, decreased documentation quality, and escalated patient safety risks.

For questions regarding paper and poster submissions, please contact the Program Committee co-chairs.

Submission and Publication

The conference will accept both regular and short papers as well as posters:

  • Regular papers (8-10 pages, references not counted towards the page limit) will describe mature ideas, where a substantial amount of implementation, experimentation, or data collection and analysis has been completed.

  • Short papers (4-6 pages, excluding references) and posters (1-2 pages, excluding description) will describe innovative ideas, where preliminary implementation and validation work have been conducted.

  • Posters (1-2 page abstract, excluding references), similar to short paper submissions, will describe innovative ideas and where preliminary implementation and validation work has been conducted. The conference organizers will work on ensuring that poster sessions are well attended and have a vibrant discussion environment.

All submissions will be published in IEEE Xplore and indexed in other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

When submitting papers and posters, the authors must select a track that is most appropriate for their submission. For example, a paper on information systems for healthcare delivery can be submitted to either the Systems track, or the Human Factors track, depending on the focus of the work. Before a submission is sent to the reviewers, the program chairs will also perform an assessment to determine the best fit for the submission.

A subset of highly ranked papers will have oral presentation slots. Papers not accepted for an oral presentation slot will automatically be considered for poster presentation opportunities.

Selected papers will be invited to submit the extended version to the Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research and a fast track review will be conducted for the extended papers.

Paper and poster submissions must adhere to the IEEE Proceedings Format available here for LaTex and Word (please, be sure to use the template's conference mode, see template documentation for details). Changing the template's font size, margins, inter-column spacing, or line spacing is prohibited. Each submission must be submitted as a single PDF file, formatted for 8.5" x 11" paper (i.e., US letter format).

Submission and Reviewing

Papers and posters should be submitted electronically at:

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

Camera ready proceedings link: N/A

**For poster submissions, please indicate "Poster" to the paper ID in the author toolkit (the link above).

Important Dates

Regular & Short paper deadlines:

Submission deadline: Feb 15, 2019 EXTENSION DEADLINE: Feb 22, 2019

Notification of acceptance: Apr 5, 2019

Camera-Ready copy due: May 3, 2019

Poster deadlines:

Submission deadline: April 12,2019

Notification of acceptance: April 26, 2019

Camera Ready: May 3, 2019

* Please indicate "Poster" to the paper ID in the author toolkit (the link above).