6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

May 21–24, 2012
San Diego, California, United States

Pervasive Health 2012 Call for Papers

Extended Paper Submission: February 20th, 2012 (CET)*

Notification of Acceptance: April 12th, 2012

Camera Ready: April 20th, 2012

Conference Dates: 21st May - Workshops, 22-24 Main Track

*(Central European Time).

Conference Aims

The overall goal of the conference remains tightly coupled with the original aims of the field, to address a set of related technologies and concepts that help integrate healthcare more seamlessly into everyday life, regardless of space and time. To achieve this, it is necessary to take a multidisciplinary approach to Pervasive Healthcare Technology research and development. The Pervasive Healthcare Community has a broad scope of research topics and concerns:

-identifying and understanding problems from a technological, social, and medical perspective (with a particular emphasis on understanding and supporting patient needs); -design, implementation, and evaluation of supporting hardware and software infrastructures, algorithms, and applications; and -organisational strategies that facilitate integration of Pervasive Healthcare Technology into the healthcare enterprise.

The 2012 Pervasive Healthcare conference aims to gather technology experts, practitioners, industry and international authorities contributing towards the assessment, development and deployment of pervasive medical based technologies, standards and procedures.

The theme of this year's conference is: Coping with the Challenges and Opportunities within Pervasive E-Healthcare (COPE), with a special focus on pervasive healthcare management and its ability to deliver timely, quality based information to medical practitioners in providing high levels of patient care. The challenges and opportunities within e-Healthcare are immense. A multidisciplinary and coordinated approach is needed from 1) user requirements, 2) technology development and 3) application integration, to help deliver a successful pervasive healthcare management system.

Traditional healthcare environments are extremely complex and challenging to manage, as they are required to cope with an assortment of patient conditions under various circumstances with a number of resource constraints. Pervasive healthcare technologies seek to respond to a variety of these pressures by successfully integrating them within existing health care environments.

Technologies, standards and procedures on their own provide little and or no meaningful service. It is essential that pervasive healthcare environments, through a combined approach of data collection, data correlation and data presentation, assist health care professionals in delivering high levels of patient care, and empower individuals and their families for self-care and health management.

Contributions

We welcome contributions from the following fields:

Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions  
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer Supported Cooperative Work(CSCW)  
Sensing Technologies and Distributed Computing  
Hardware and Software Infrastructures 

Each paper will be blind peer-reviewed by members of the Pervasive Health 2012 program committee with additional expert reviewers drawn from relevant research domains.

Submissions will be evaluated based on their originality, significance of the contribution to the field, technical correctness and presentation. The paper should make explicit how the work offers unique and substantial contribution beyond what has already been published or submitted.

We seek novel, innovative, and exciting work in areas including but not limited to:

Pervasive Healthcare Management

  • Challenges surrounding data quality
  • Identifying and addressing stakeholder conflicts: patient needs, caregiver needs, health professional needs, organisational needs
  • Standards and interoperability in pervasive healthcare
  • Business cases and cost issues
  • Security and privacy issues
  • Training of healthcare professional for pervasive healthcare
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Insurance payments and cost aspects
  • Staffing and resource management

Understanding Users

User requirements  
Identifying and addressing stakeholder conflicts: patient needs, caregiver needs, health professional needs, organisational needs  
Usability and acceptability  
Barriers to adoption, and enablers  
Social implications of pervasive health technology, and social inclusion  
Coverage and delivery of pervasive healthcare services  
Patient empowerment  
Diversity: population and condition-specific requirements  
Inclusive research and design: engaging underepresented populations 

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

Physiological models for interpreting medical sensor data  
Activity recognition  
Fall detection  
User modelling and personalization  
Modelling of Pervasive Healthcare environments  

Technology

Sensor-based decision support systems  
Design and evaluation of patient and ambient-related sensors  
Wearable and implantable sensor integration  
Data fusion in pervasive healthcare environments  
Data mining medical patient records  
Software architectures e.g. Agent, SOA, distributed middlewares  
Electronic Health Records (EHR)  

Applications

Autonomous systems to support independent living  
Clinical applications, validation and evaluation studies  
Telemedicine  
Chronic disease and health risk management applications  
Health promotion and disease prevention  
Home based health and wellness measurement and monitoring  
Continuous vs event-driven monitoring of patients  
Smart homes and hospitals  
Using mobile devices in the storage, update, and transmission of patient data  
Wellbeing and lifestyle support  
Systems to support individuals with auditory, cognitive, or vision impairements  
Systems to support caregivers   
 

Type of Submissions

All accepted submissions will be published in IEEE Xplore Digital Library (to be confirmed). The acceptance rate was under 30% for Pervasive Health 2010 and 2011. Pervasive Health will accept submissions in the following categories:

  • Full papers (up to 8 pages submissions) - Full papers are submissions describing results and original research work not submitted or published elsewhere in one of the four main categories listed below. Full papers should properly place the work within the field, cite related work, and clearly indicate the innovative aspects of the work and its contribution to the field.

  • Posters (up to 4 pages submissions) - Authors are invited to submit work in progress whose preliminary results are already interesting to Pervasive Health audience. The poster track will give Pervasive Health attendees a way to learn about ongoing research initiatives and will provide presenters with an excellent opportunity to receive invaluable direct feedback from experts.

  • Demos (2 pages submissions) - The demos track will showcase the latest developments and prototypes related to the topics of interest of the conference. The expected demo submissions should describe the technical details of the demo alongside its contribution to the healthcare domain.

  • Position Papers (2 pages submissions) - Position papers are envisioned to provide insight into the lessons learnt from current (industrial, practitioners, government, etc.) pervasive healthcare practice. The position papers track is envisioned to provide the view of practitioners to the pervasive health community in order to have a more clear understanding about the real needs of healthcare operators and in this way shorten the gap between technologists and the every-day needs of practitioners.

  • Workshop proposals (2 pages submissions) Several workshops will be run in conjunction with the conference. The purpose of these workshops is to discuss work in progress and explore opportunities for new research related to pervasive healthcare. Proposals for workshops should be submitted directly to the workshops co-chairs at "workshops" [at] "prevasivehealth" [dot] "org", and proposals should indicate the preferred duration for the workshop (half/full-day).

  • Doctoral Consortium (4 pages) - We are pleased to announce the first Pervasive Healthcare Doctoral Consortium. This one day event will enable doctoral students to present and reflect on their work alongside other doctoral students and a panel of experts. Submissions should include a description of work done, intended future work, alongside a specific research question or challenge that you would like to be discussed at the consortium.

All accepted submissions will be published in IEEE Xplore Digital Library (to be confirmed).

Workshops and Doctoral Consortium

Please visit the Workshops and Doctoral Consortium pages for detailed submission requirements and procedures (upcoming).

Submission Instructions

Submission information can be found here.

The review process will continue to use blind reviewing

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