Call for Papers

We cordially invite you to submit your contribution to ICHI 2017. We strongly encourage authors to submit high-quality original work describing algorithmic, methodological or empirical contributions, and theories relevant to the broader context of health informatics. Contributions do not have to be comprehensive, and can focus on one or more specific aspects of theory, design, development, evaluation, or deployment.

As in the past, ICHI 2017 will feature three technical tracks for paper submission, as follows.

Analytics track: We invite submission of papers on novel methods for analyzing healthcare data such as biomedical pattern recognition, biomarker discovery, disease profiling and precision medicine, natural language processing, data and text mining, recommender systems, electronic phenotyping, visual analytics, and epidemiological modeling. Papers might also report studies on data cleaning, pre-processing, and assessing 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). We also welcome submissions on privacy, ethics and security, as well as evaluation and validation of methods in healthcare data analytics.

Human Factors track: We invite papers describing 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. Papers 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; the interaction design of novel multimodal health devices; and gaming applications to healthcare. 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.

Systems track: We welcome submissions related to the design, development, deployment, and evaluation of large-scale, 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 improve efficiency in conducting basic biomedical 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. Novel informatics approaches addressing reproducibility and uncertainty in biomedical sciences are encouraged.


Paper Preparation

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.

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).


Submission and Reviewing

Papers should be submitted electronically at EasyChair: ICHI 2017.

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: 5 May 2017, 11:59 pm MDT (Extended)

Notification of acceptance: 25 June 2017 (Extended)

Camera-ready copy due: 30 June 2017

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