Call for Papers

Program Committee Co-Chairs

  • Systems: Kai Zheng, University of Michigan, USA
  • Analytics: Gregor Stiglic, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Human Factors: Ann Blandford, UCL, UK

2016 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI 2016)

Chicago, Illinois, USA

October 4-7, 2016

We cordially invite you to submit your contribution to the fourth IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI 2016). ICHI 2016 is the premier community forum concerned with the application of computer science principles, information science and informatics principles, information technology, and communication 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 in computing-oriented health informatics and the related social and ethical implications. ICHI 2016 will feature keynotes, a multi-track technical program including papers, demonstrations, panels, workshop, tutorials, industrial tracks, and doctoral consortium.

ICHI 2016 serves as a venue for the discussion of innovative technical and empirical contributions 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. A paper does not have to be comprehensive, and can focus on one or more specific aspects of theory, design, development, evaluation, or deployment.

ICHI 2016 has three tracks for paper submission: analytics, human factors, and systems (a more detailed description of each of the tracks can be found below):

  • Analytics track focuses on data analytical methods and data analysis;
  • Human Factors track focuses on understanding users or context, interface design, and user studies of health informatics applications;
  • Systems track focuses on development and evaluation of health informatics systems and infrastructures.

The list of program committee for each track can be found here.

In the Analytics track, we invite submission of papers on novel methods for analyzing healthcare data such as biomedical pattern recognition, biomarker discovery, disease profiling and personalized treatment, natural language processing and text mining solutions, recommender systems, electronic phenotyping, visual analytics, and epidemiological modeling. Papers might also report studies on data cleaning, pre-processing, and ensuring quality and integrity of healthcare data. As large amounts of data become available in healthcare, we anticipate papers 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 issues as well as evaluation and validation of methods in healthcare data analytics.

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-centred design solutions, and studies of public policy on leveraging health informatics infrastructures. Papers might report studies of user requirements, user-centred 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 visualisations 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. As more health and wellness management is moving from professional to public contexts, human factors for health technology that involves the public (with or without professional support) are of particular interest.

The Systems track welcomes submissions related to the design, development, deployment, and evaluation of high-performing and secure software or hardware systems created for the goal of improving healthcare efficiency, quality, safety, 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. 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.

If you have any questions about paper submissions, please contact the papers chairs: papers-ichi2016@listserv.ieee.org.
For general questions: email: chair-ichi2016@listserv.ieee.org.

SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION

The conference will accept both regular and short papers. Regular papers (7-10 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 (3-6 pages, excluding references) will describe innovative ideas, where preliminary implementation and validation work have been conducted. Papers will be published in IEEE Xplore and indexed in other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Papers should be submitted electronically via the Precision Conference platform (https://precisionconference.com/~ichi/).

When submitting a paper, the authors must select a track that is most appropriate for their paper. 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 paper goes out to reviewers, the program chairs will also perform an assessment to determine if the paper may fit better another track.

A subset of highly ranked papers will have oral presentation slots. 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.

Papers 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 paper must be submitted as a single PDF file, formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper (i.e., US letter format).

REVIEWING

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

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Regular & Short paper submission deadline: April 29, 2016 11:59 pm CST
  • Notification of acceptance: July 13, 2016
  • Camera-ready copy due: July 29, 2016

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