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International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine

eTELEMED 2009

February 1-7, 2009 - Cancun, Mexico


Call for Papers

We are facing the generalization of digital society across multiple social areas. The globalization imposes the revision of the health costs a society can support. The progress in difference domains, such as image processing, wireless communications, computer vision, cardiology, and information storage and management assure a virtual team to access online to the latest achievements.

Processing medical data benefits now from advanced techniques for color imaging, visualization of multi-dimensional projections, Internet imaging localization archiving as well as from a higher resolution of medical devices.

Collecting, storing, and handling patient data requires robust processing systems, safe communications and storage, and easy and authenticated online access.

We assist to a unprecedented and rapid deployment of use of electronic imagery, navigation portals, positive attitude on telemedicine, distributed surgery teams, tele-cardiology, and remote medicine. Development of wireless homecare, of special types of communications with patient data, of videoconferencing and telepresence, and the progress in image processing and date protection increased the eHealth applications and services, and extended Internet-based patient coverage areas. Social and economic aspects as well as the integration of classical systems with the telemedicine systems are still challenging issues.

There are several dedicated events on these topics, usually concentrated on local problems (national), or geographical areas (Europe, Americas), as social and governmental rules may differ; eTELEMED 2009 considers advances in techniques, services, and applications dedicated to a global approach of eHealth, including a regard on federated aspects considering the mobility of population, the cross-nations agreements, and the new information technology tools.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.  All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions.

eHealth technology and devices
Telemedicine software and devices
Diagnostic/monitoring systems and devices
Electronic health cards
Home monitoring services and equipment
Telemedicine equipments
Online instruments supporting independent living
eHealth telecommunication services
eHealth wireless data communications
IPTV and/or phone portal clients
Standardised biomarker analysis for intrinsic linkage to disease outcomes

eHealth data records
eHealth medical records
Reengineering of care plans in electronic format
Digital imagery and films
Internet imaging localization and archiving
Personal, adaptive, and content-based image retrieval imaging
Privacy and accuracy communications of patient records
Secure patient data storage
Secure communications of patient data
Authenticated access to patient records
Patient privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs)
Robust approaches to algorithmic modeling of outcomes 
Dynamic graphing of individual’s data trends
Data aggregation technologies
Delivery of information governance policies
Tools/systems for automatic document metadata tagging
Dataset harmonization across multiple sites
Standard/symbolic representations of multiple physiological trends and clinical/life events

eHealth information processing
Electronic imagery and visualization frameworks
Color imaging and multidimensional projections
Imaging interfaces and navigation
Medical image processing
Video techniques for medical images
Computer vision and resolution
Rapid evaluation of patient's status
Anticipative processing of patient's status
Videoconferencing
Telepresence

eHealth systems and communications
Hospital information systems
Internet/intranet services
Surgical systems
Sensor-based systems
Satellite eHealth communications
Secure data transmissions
Body-sensor networks
Separation of concerns between domain problems and technological choices
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approaches to maximize translation of clinical evidence
Cross-border eHealth systems
HealthGrid
Wireless 'flooding' technology providing cheap e-health platform support to whole towns/cities

eHealth systems and emergency situations
Medical emergencies and communications
Detection emergencies situations
Medical resource allocation, optimization, and simulation
Real-time emergency situations management
Security and accuracy of emergency communications
Geolocalisation and optimization technology services for emergency fleet vehicles

Telemedicine/eHealth applications
Virtual telemedicine
Mobile eHealth services
Home monitoring and homecare applications
Wireless homecare
User-generated eHealth care
Personalized medicine
Wireless telemedicine
Telehomecare technologies for the elderly
Automatic detection of infectious diseases

Telemedicine/eHealth services
Clinical telemedicine
Distributed surgery
Telemedicine and telehealth
Telepathology
Telecardiology
Telerehabilitation
Elderly and impaired patient services
Remote operational medicine
Remote consulting services
Telemedicare monitoring
Vital signs monitoring
Computer generated self care advice
Telemedicine handbag
Workflow approaches to improve healthcare intervention outcomes
Workflow to improve patient safety, decision support, and  objective measurement of service quality
Support for evidence-driven integrated care pathways (ICP’s) 

Social and financial aspects
Safety in telemedicine
Business models
Cost-benefit studies
Legal and ethical aspects
On-line payment and reimbursement issues
Ambient Assisted Living
Shared-care systems for eHealth
Privacy in the eHealth systems
Multi-lingual eHealth systems
Continuity in eHealth care
System simulations for business case development and risk reduction
Problem-independent (generic application) eHealth architecture
'Lean' e-health workflows
‘Relative risk' dashboards - how the patient's condition 'sits' within population risk

Classical medicine and eHealth integration
Wide-area integration of eHealth systems
Current eHealth realizations and projects
Innovation in eHealth
Telemedicine portals
Standardization and interconnectivity of eHealth systems
Implementation of cross-border eHealth services
eHealth integration into routine medical practice
Affordable approaches to e-Health
eHealth acceptance with medical professionals and patients
Developing countries and eHealth
Distance education for eHealth
xHR standardization
Impact of ‘global’ integration standards and interoperability projects (e.g. CDA, IHE/XDS, SNOMED-CT, Continua Healthcare Alliance, IEEE11073, Common User Interface (CUI)

Preventive eHealth systems
Systematic risk analysis technologies for disease early detection and prevention
'Patient path' hubs, mobile devices and/or dedicated home-based network computers
Information models for evaluation of disease progression risk/disease processes
Systems supporting quantitative healthcare (predictive outcomes) modeling
Health risk factor data collation and multiple longitudinal trend analyses
Support for disease prevention aimed at healthy individuals
Data aggregation and visualisation technologies for population-based reporting
'Risk signature’ discovery to indicate optimal preventative or screening actions
Mapping SNOMED-CT terminologies to disease model archetypes
Quantitative individualized outcome risk analysis
Services for longitudinal data analysis/visualisation
Continuous workflow management across clinic, home and mobile locations

Challenges of  large-scale, cost-effective eHealth systems
Integrated technology, social/behavioral and business modelling research for large-scale deployments Total operational cost-effectiveness modelling
Lessons from large-scale telehealth/telecare demonstrators in different parts of the world
Standardised data collation infrastructures (data service layers)
Impact of grid and service-oriented computing
Roles of global/international interoperability organisations (e.g. IHE and Continua)
Scaleable multi-data trend management
Robust data collection along the ‘patient path’ for improved decision support
Delivery of ‘composite’ process functions (e.g. contributed by multiple vendor systems)
Paths to semantically-harmonised eHealth systems
Semantic interoperability and openEHR archetypes
Applications of harmonised (standardised) datasets across multiple sites
Keeping technology simple and affordable

Nurse team applications
ePatient and eNurse tools that are simple to adopt and use
Public eHealth education & information
Life time health records
Primary care centers and home monitoring
Monitoring for signs and progression of complications
eHealth awareness, education and adoption
Mapping to individualized care plans
Continuous ‘closed loop’ outcomes analysis
Intervention measurement technologies
Personal target setting

Personalized eHealth
eHealth and life
Fundamentals in eHealth personalization
Wearable and implantable systems
Micro and nano eHealth sensors
Diagnostics using biosensors and textiles
Interacting with organic semiconductors
Personalized eHealth market
Personalized eHealth business models
Ubiquitous monitoring
Personalized eHealth and classical health networks
Trends in personalized eHealth
ICT solutions for patient self-management

We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in medical consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics, short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

The topics suggested can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, standards, implementations, running experiments and applications. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

Submissions on existing experimental systems and lessons learnt are not subject to these constraints. We expect short and long presentations that express medical and social experience in deploying telemedicine principles.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

INSTRUCTION FOR THE AUTHORS

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals. Authors of selected papers will also be invited to submit to Telemedicine and e-Health Journal.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) September 10, 2008
Authors notification October 5, 2008 October 10, 2008
Registration October 27, 2008
Camera ready November 1, 2008

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the Conference Publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

Poster Forum

Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the track/workshop preference as "POSTER : Poster Forum".  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the track/workshop preference as "WIP: Work in Progress".  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to petre@iaria.org.

Tutorials

Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to petre@iaria.org

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information, petre@iaria.org

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to petre@iaria.org.

 
 

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