12 January 2008

Call for papers: Decision Support in Medicine

Call for papers: Decision Support in Medicine

A special issue of International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology

The process from innovation to routine clinical use is long and complex. Many computerised decision support systems fail to reach the clinical environment for a number of reasons. Some systems for example may be highly theoretical with little relevance to the real world. Others may have been technology-driven. The question of evaluation often arises when looking into new technology. Randomised-controlled trials (RCT) help to a great extent in the evaluation process. However, RCTs are not always feasible or cost-effective.

The focus of this special issue is to review the state-of-the-art of the various stages in the development of DSS in medicine and implications to clinical users and healthcare providers.

Original contributions on novel, robust, user and environment constraints aware, interoperable and effective solutions to existing problems within the aforementioned context are invited. Authors are requested to submit manuscripts including, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Image and data analysis to aid diagnosis and prognosis
  • Signal processing
  • Pattern recognition analysis
  • Design and development of computerised DSS
  • Evaluation methods prior to clinical use
  • Clinical trials and randomised-controlled trials
  • Deployment methods of DSS including the use of the Internet
  • Ethical issues related to the use of DSS in clinical practice
  • Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis of DSS
Important dates
One page proposal deadline: 7 March, 2008
Full paper submission deadline: 30 May, 2008
Review results and notification: 3 July, 2008
Submission of revised papers: 29 August, 2008
Final acceptance of papers: 26 September, 2008

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